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Monthly Archives: March 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Bette Midler On Her Parents: “My mother was very showbiz. Not my father. His idea of showbiz is Lawrence Welk. He adores Lawrence Welk. My mother loved television. She used to send us to the movies and she was particular about the movies she’d send us to. No dramas. No horror movies. As a result, I never saw a horror movie until I was 22. My folks, you see, like hula dancing, but not the darker things in life. (Springfield Union, September 1, 1976)
Dolly Levi and Bette Midler are back where they belong
A review of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway – March 23, 2017 preview performance
By Todd Sussman
Caution: This posting contains spoilers.
Bette Midler has brought top notch pizzazz back to Broadway in the new Hello, Dolly!…now in previews. A bigger-than-life performance in a lavish show is just what is needed at this time, and, by golly, this Dolly has it all.
The costumes are breathtakingly beautiful. The sets are gorgeous…especially that Act II Harmonia Gardens red carpet stairway. The scenic designer and the costume designer are one and the same person, Santo Loquasto. Look for his name twice on Tony night.
Bette Midler On Being Compared To Mae West: “I got a lot of inspiration from Mae West. When I first started working, a friend brought one of her records over. Through it all, Mae West was a source of pleasure. I love her, She was quite marvelous. She was also quite independent, which I liked. So the first time I worked on television I did one of her songs. I’ve also been compared to Barbra Streisand. That’s flattering, although I don’t see the comparison myself. (Springfield Union, September 1, 1976)
It’s no surprise that Bette Midler’s Broadway arrival is generating big buzz. Hello, Dolly! producers reported a record-breaking $9 million in first-day sales. But what happened during last night’s preview—though small news for some—shows just how classy this diva is.
Merely two weeks into previews, actor Gavin Creel, who plays Cornelius Hackl, was unable to perform, catapulting understudy Christian Dante White (Shuffle Along…, The Scottsboro Boys, The Book of Mormon) into the exhilarating opportunity to take on the role. They say the show must go on, and so it did… flawlessly.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Start At 60
Bette Midler uses Australian icon to slam Trump
March 29, 2017
The actress has made her feelings about Trump clear.
“#GreatBarrierReef is dead because of warming oceans, & #Trump rolls back climate change regulations. Short-sighted. Dim witted. PLAIN EVIL,” she wrote on her official Twitter page.
Bette Midler On Her Life: “Right now I’m only worried about getting through the day.” (Evening Star, March 11, 1976)
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‘Hello, Dolly!’ Rocks Broadway Box Office
Lee Seymour , CONTRIBUTOR
MAR 27, 2017 @ 08:05 PM
Bette Midler continues her assured, seemingly effortless takeover of Broadway’s box office.
Her revival of Hello, Dolly! grossed an impressive $1.67 million off just six performances this week. The show has a massive advance of over $40 million already, and the average seat will cost you $194 – the second-most expensive on Broadway, behind Hamilton.