Madison Wisconsin State
December 7, 1973
NEW YORK – Bette Midler will haul down about $300,000 for three weeks of doing her â€œ trash with flashâ€ act at the Palace Theater
Ias Vegas salaries have come to New York. Thatâ€™s $100,000 a week. Six shows a week, $10.HOT a show. .Jimmy Nederlander, the personable proprietor of the Palace, said as we watched the unbelievable opening night lobby scene, â€œ Bette Midler is the biggest grosser in the history of the Palace.â€
â€œ I was here in 07 when Judy Garland came in and I think this is bigger,â€ I agreed
We watched the remarkable people shoving in, some normals, some celebrities like Dvan Cannon, Peter Boyle, and Julie Newmar . . . some bearded ladies, men in gowns, a bare-backed man who stood up and waved, one who had to lie hauled off stage.
But Judy Garland had cultists too. people with a revival meeting fervor.
â€œ You could have bought three gallons of gas for that kind of money.â€
She got several standing ovations.
Had the greatest stage presence, warmth, and personality of any new performer in years.