LIZ SMITH: Not Clowning Around
Nov 5, 2014
BETTE Midler’s “Hulaween” benefit on Halloween night at the Waldorf was a smash hit this year raising over 2.2 million dollars for the New York Restoration Project.
The highlight came at the end when Earth, Wind & Fire turned people so “on” that the Ballroom was full of costumed madness where people danced on and at their tables.
I got an embrace from my pal Tony Danza who appeared in a suit of shimmering electric lights. (It was very Elvis-like.) This is just a prelude to the “Who’s the Boss?” star’s Broadway opening in “Honeymoon in Vegas,” starting previews November 18th at the Nederlander Theatre. Word of mouth is great for this wonderful guy. I say, “Welcome to The Great White Way!”
Bette was in command for this night of nights and she is said to have received $250,000 from The Ripple Foundation via Tony Malkin and his wife Shelly. Bette named these pro-environmentalists her “green god and goddess” of the evening and had Tony come onstage and sing with her. This guy can really sing. (His father Peter Malkin was honored by Landmarks Conservancy back in 2012.)