Cedar Rapids Gazette
August 28, 1994
HOLLYWOOD â€” Bette Midler and Jason Alexander will be the sole musical performers on this yearâ€™s Emmy Awards show, with Bette belting aÂ selection from her heavily nominated version of “Gypsy!â€ â€” and Jason doing a number about TVâ€™s endangered art form, the series theme song
“Itâ€™s difficult to put music into awards shows like this.â€ says Emmy show producer Don Mischer. “Research studies have shown that people tend to channel-surf during musical numbers on the Emmys, the Oscars . . However, he points out that neither of this year’s acts is a typical awards show production number. “Bette made TV history with â€™Gypsy!.â€™ and Jason is amazingly talented. Viewers whoâ€™ve only seen him on â€˜Seinfeldâ€™ will be surprised.â€
Mischer says heâ€™s delighted with his list of performers and presenters on this year’s show â€” a list that so far includes such namesÂ as Candice Bergen. Jerry Seinfeld. Angela Lansbury, Peter Falk. Dennis Franz, Jay I^no, Garry Shandling. Kelsey Crammer, Tracey Ullman.
“Everyone but David Caruso, I think,â€ Mischer says.
And that probably includes TVâ€™s other big Dave â€” Letterman.
” Iâ€™m not IOO percent sure about him, but it appears likely he ll be here.” Mischer says of Letterman. “His show has had such a huge effect on television and gotten so much attention this year, and he and his writers and the show are up for awards.â€