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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bette Tweets: I’ll Eat You Last ~ Bette’s Final Meal

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Video: Bette Was First Choice For “I’ll Eat You Last”

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I’ll Eat You Last: The Final Meal

Playbill Final Meal: I’ll Eat You Last, Starring Bette Midler as Showbiz Agent Sue Mengers, Closes on Broadway June 30 By Andrew Gans 30 Jun 2013 John Logan’s I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, the one-woman play starring award-winning singer and actress Bette Midler that recouped its entire original investment in May, plays its final performance June 30 at 3 PM at the Booth Theatre. Previews for the solo show began April 5 prior to an official opening April 24. In just over eight weeks at the Booth, the production recouped its initial investment of $2.4 million. Upon closing, the limited engagement will have played 18 previews and 71 regular performances. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello (Wicked, Assassins, Take Me Out), the play casts Midler as the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers (1932-2011). The intermissionless work is set in 1981 in the living room of Mengers’ Beverly Hills home. The creative team includes three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask (scenic design), Academy Award winner Ann Roth (costume design), three-time Tony nominee Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Kathy Fabian (props) and Drama Desk Award winner Fitz Patton (sound design). “Sue Mengers was an American original,” according to production notes. “She was the first female ‘superagent’ at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn’t exist, she invented that as well: ‘Superagent.’ It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970s, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess.” Playwright Logan, who won a Tony Award for Red and wrote the screenplay for the recent James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” said in an earlier statement, “I met Sue Mengers only once, at a dinner party. The kaftan, constant cigarettes, tinted glasses, and perfect blond hair were much in evidence; so too the deliciously wicked wit and stevedore language. But something else fascinated me just as much: a sense of sadness, a deep resignation; a woman whose time had passed her by. At one point I asked her what had changed most about Hollywood since she had arrived. She didn’t hesitate for a second: ‘Honey, we used to have fun…’ Later in the evening she settled back and lit up a joint. There she was: a joint in one hand and a cigarette in the other. At that moment I knew I had to write the play.” Bette Midler has earned three Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award, and sold 30 million records worldwide in a career that spans more than four decades. She has played film roles in “The Rose,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Ruthless People,” “Beaches” and “The First Wives Club,” among many others. Midler made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Fiddler on the Roof. Other stage performances include Tony Award-winning Clams on the Half Shell; Experience the Divine, for which she holds the all-time record for a six-week engagement at Radio City Music Hall, The Divine Miss Millennium Tour; Kiss My Brass; and The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Outside the spotlight, she is the founder of the New York Restoration Project (nyrp.org), a non-profit organization that revitalizes abandoned and neglected public spaces across New York City. I’ll Eat You Last was produced by Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B. Platt, and Scott & Brian Zeilinger. Tickets, priced $82-$142, are also available by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting Telecharge.com. The Booth Theatre is located at 222 W. 45th St
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Bette Tweets: I’ll Eat You Last ~ The End

429401_214608868635574_2144 Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler Wow, only 3 shows left. What am I going to do with the extra 80 minutes every night? I guess I could read the NY State Budget.. Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler Oh, what a run! I have to thank the wonderful crew and staff at the Booth Theatre. Every night was a pleasure and a joy. Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler 3 more shows and I’ll no longer be 2 blocks from restaurant row. I wonder what my last meal will be. What will I actually EAT LAST? Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler I won’t miss the pedestrian traffic in Times Square. People, please look up from your phones! — Except those of you reading this tweet.
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Shinan: Bette Midler does it Sue Mengers’ way on Broadway in I’ll Eat You Last

National Post Shinan: Bette Midler does it Sue Mengers’ way on Broadway in I’ll Eat You Last Shinan Govani | 13/06/29 423001_228036777292783_2144 ‘Now, I know we’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead …” Cue the Octomom-sized pregnant pause. “Ready?” she asked, with a smile as wicked as they come. And then super-super-agent Sue Mengers — being summoned on Broadway of late by Bette Midler — was off. Just another fork in the road in the midst of a windy, wonderful 90-minute talk-to. Her aim, at this precise juncture, as I precipitously looked on the other day from the front row at the Booth Theatre? (So close I could see her bare-feet toes move to her line-readings. So close that I swear I saw Midler’s tonsils. So close that when I sneezed at one point, Midler twitched.) Steve McQueen. That’s who “Sue” was on about now. She, the caftan-wearing ball-breaker who, in a time long ago — way before Entourage’s Ari Gold ­— was the sun/moon in Tinseltown, a German-born receptionist-turned-agent whose family fled the Nazis, and who herself would go on to count quite the constellation as clients — from Barbra Streisand and Cher to Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway, Ryan O’Neal, and Burt Reynolds. McQueen was another, for whom now no love is lost. Forget everything you’ve ever heard about the Bullit icon, our storyteller demanded, before going to describe him as “loutish,” “pretentious,” “mean” and “short.” And those are just some of the nice things. Basically, she never forgave McQueen for stealing the heart of her prized Ali MacGraw who famously threw everything away ­— her fame, her Oscar, her marriage to storied Hollywood producer Robert Evans — for what Mengers describes as domestic enslavement to the star. Less a rant than a boiling aria: That’s how it all comes across. And with one diva doing another — Bette has become Sue ­— you gotta wonder how all the lights in Times Square don’t falter. “We chat. We dish. Who’s on top. Who’s on bottom. Who’s on the top who wants to be on bottom.” That’s how the, show, titled I’ll Eat You Last, commences. Nicole Kidman was in the audience at my particular performance, eager, like me, to catch one of the last shows in the run (this was the final week) and just one of the many in a parade of stars who’ve been by to catch it. Including, Jennifer Aniston. (A starlet who, according to legend — and OK, Mengers’ pal, Maureen Dowd, the New York Times columnist ­— was given some very specific advice by Mengers when Brad Pitt left her for Angelina Jolie: get his sperm, she was told.) Mengers died just two years ago, but her career, in essence, died even more eons ago. And that’s where the play commences ­— one day, back in 1981, the piece of work and broad among broads sitting by her phone to hear from Ms. Streisand. See: The Beginning of the End. (Babs, through a tortuous roll of events, would fire her, setting up a domino effect of professional doom for her in Hollywood.) And by sitting, I do mean sitting — Midler plays the entire show sitting down, Mengers having been famously sedentary. Along the way, Sue does what Sue did. She boozes. She schmoozes. She bullies. She bleeds. She dreams. Transported to this N.Y.C. stage is her place on Lexington Road, in Beverly Hills, where the most famous gathered for dinner, an ongoing salon where you’d see Elizabeth Taylor crossing paths with Princess Margaret or find Julie Christie seated across from Mikhail Baryshnikov. Thought out of “the biz,” as it were, for decades, those soirees went on until the very end — Mengers bringing together the likes of Tina Fey and Gore Vidal for pot-pie dinners, and her home serving, as The New Yorker once described, “as a sort of bridge connecting three generations of actors, agents, directors, writers and producers ­— a conduit for the oral history of show business.” Hard sells, flame-outs and the art of the lie: That’s part of the ground Bette-as-Sue covers. (Midler’s return to Broadway after 33 years, did I mention?) It’s also the kind of show where, in the first five or so minutes, she drops the words “brio,” “travails” and “zaftig” — i.e. my kind of show. “Why would anyone talk about anything but showbiz?” the one-track agent rhethroically asks, revealing her anthamea to global affairs or, yuck, politics. As far as Hollywood kabuki goes, the play delivers, giving us a glimpse into the world of a woman who was everything — provocateur, yenta, accidental feminist, and 60 Minutes profile-subject. But how would it play in 2013, when so much here is ancient history? I did wonder. But then, sitting there in Row One, the girlish flock beside me gave me the answer. These twentysomethings on my left had come not for Mengers, but for Midler. “I fell in love with her when I saw Beaches,” one of them told me. “I was five.” She’d actually come to the show the evening before too, standing by the stage-door to get an autograph from the Divine Miss M. Were there other “divas” she had a thing for growing up ­— or now? I had to inquire. “No,” she smiled, “just Bette.” “But now,” she added, “I like Sue, too.”
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Video: What If Bette Midler Had Starred In “Misery?”

Just watched Misery so I just had to pull out this Chestnut for old times sake! xx
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I’ll Eat You Last: Final 3 Performances

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Photo Quotes: Standards

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Bette Midler Jukebox ~ July Edition

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