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Friday, October 5, 2018

Book: I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers By John Logan – Bette Midler On Broadway

Book: I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers By John Logan - Bette Midler On Broadway

The debut 2013 American production starred Bette Midler. The play, which cost $2.4 million to produce, was a hit.

Playbill was joined by star Bette Midler and playwright John Logan on the opening night of the new one-person play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. The 80-minute show features Midler channeling the late great agent (she represented Burt Reynolds, Cher, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand amongst others) as she charts her path through the man’s world of Hollywood. Here, Midler talks about what Mengers means to her and Logan reveals what it took to convince Midler to return to Broadway after more than 30 years.
  • I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Menger
  • Written by: John Logan
  • Characters: Sue Mengers
  • Date premiered: 24 April 2013
  • Place premiered: Booth Theatre, New York
  • Original language: English
  • Subject: Sue Mengers, Hollywood
  • Genre: Biographical

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Bette Midler As Sue Mengers – Delicious!

Broadway World
BWW Reviews: Bette Midler a Triumphant Sue Mengers at the Geffen
December 6, 2013
by Don Grigware


Bette Midler and Sue Mengers. Two iconic Hollywood female personalities of the last fifty years. Midler scored with her first movie The Rose in 1979, after many successful years in New York, on and off-Broadway. She was and has remained an iconic performer for the Gay community, and with strong choices, hard work and perseverance has become a super star in every medium she has played from New York to LA to Las Vegas. Super agent Mengers came to Los Angeles from New York with a German background and from a poor family and worked her way to the top as one of the strongest, gutsiest, hard-working and caring agents Hollywood has ever seen. So, the two ladies have a lot in common; Midler certainly fits the bill to play Sue Mengers in John Logan’s one-person play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, now at the Geffen through December 22 only. Read More

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Bette Midler Gets It Right As Sue Mengers

Geffen Playhouse opens “I’ll Eat You Last”
Peter Bart
EVP and Editorial Director


Sue Mengers, the late, great talent agent, would have loved attending the Geffen Theater Dec. 5 for the gala West Coast opening of “I’ll Eat You Last.” She would have relished the star presence (Bruce Willis, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Hunt) and reveled in the stellar performance of Bette Midler. Especially since Midler was portraying Mengers in a reprise of her triumphant Broadway performance. Read More

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Barbra Streisand on Bette Midler’s performance as Sue Mengers

Los Angeles Times
Barbra Streisand on Bette Midler‘s performance as Sue Mengers
By David Ng
December 23, 2013, 11:41 a.m.


The recent Los Angeles run of “I’ll Eat You Last,” starring Bette Midler as the late talent agent Sue Mengers, drew a fair number of Hollywood stars to the Geffen Playhouse — some of whom actually knew Mengers during her heyday in the ’70s as a Tinseltown power broker.

Among the most notable faces in the Geffen audience was Barbra Streisand, who was one of Mengers’ most important clients and is a key point of reference in the play. Streisand attended a recent performance of “I’ll Eat You Last” with her husband, James Brolin, according to the actress-singer’s publicist. Read More

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bette Brings “I’ll Eat You Last” To Los Angeles

L.A. Times
Bette Midler bringing Sue Mengers play to Geffen Playhouse
Sept. 19, 2013


The late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers will rise again in Los Angeles when Bette Midler reprises her recent Broadway starring role in “I’ll Eat You Last” at the Geffen Playhouse. The production is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Geffen with an opening set for Dec. 5.

“I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers,” written by the prolific John Logan, is a solo show in which Midler incarnates the colorful Hollywood agent as she holds court in her Beverly Hills home. Read More

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Poll: Do You Think Bette Will Bring Her Play To California?

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Bette Tweets: ‘Eat’ May Play Cali


Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler
Rumor Alert! Last perf of …EAT YOU LAST may not have been the last. May play Cali — a fitting tribute to Sue, cinema and Humboldt County.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

‘I’ll Eat You Last,’ with Bette Midler, could come to Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times
By David Ng
July 4, 2013, 7:16 a.m.

USA: Bette Midler's 12th Annual Spring Picnic

“I’ll Eat You Last,” John Logan’s stage play starring Bette Midler as the late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers, recently closed up shop on Broadway after a profitable run at the Booth Theatre. Now there’s speculation that the one-woman show is destined for Los Angeles, though there has been no official confirmation.

Midler told the New York Times in an interview published this week that producers are considering taking the play to L.A. A publicist for the New York production of “I’ll Eat You Last” said that its producers had no comment. Read More

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Interview: Bette Midler Hangs Up The Phone On ‘Eat You Last’

New York Times
Bette Midler Hangs Up The Phone On ‘Eat You Last”
July 2, 2013


Bette Midler wrapped up her Broadway run on Sunday in “I’ll Eat You Last,” her hit play about the Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, and by Monday she was starting to decompress. Her voice was strained after three months of chain-smoking herbal cigarettes as the nicotine-and-pot-loving Mengers, but otherwise she seemed hardy during a telephone interview about her first role on Broadway in some 40 years. There was little bitterness, for instance, at the two-dozen theater insiders who declined to nominate her for a Tony Award for best actress for “I’ll Eat You Last” – a decision that was one of the biggest surprises of the theater season. Read More

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Photo: Bette And Joan Rivers Backstage


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