KMB II Review
The Divine Miss P
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
Sunday was bittersweet pour moi because it was last
show in the city and venue that really suit this show best. The
audience was filled with John Kerry supporters and apparently Rod
Stewart, though I didn't see him personally. I am pretty sure I
saw Dan Akroyd also. The crowd was so-so in the beginning. Bette
said she couldn't hear us applauding for the Brass of Kiss My Brass
and called the audience "chairs dressed like people".
She also "fell asleep" for a moment before "Skylark"
and told us she had narcolepsy- it was very funny.
The audience woke up from their narcolepsy(I couldn't resist) before
long and turned into a great crowd. Once again "When a Man..."
was particularly fantastic and made me all weepy. No other surprises
until introducing Bette Sussman at the end. Miss M remarked how
Bette S. had her name, her hair, her everything and that someone
had actually mistaken Bette S. for Miss M the other day. Bette Sussman
said, "Yeah, but I don't have your money!" And Bette said,
"No, and you never will!" She explained to us how she
made her money- with "Pretty Legs and Great Big Knockers",
of course! That was a really fun surprise! The band and Harlettes
chimed in for a verse or two.
Before "The Rose", someone shouted out for her to sing
"Keep On Rockin'" and she said that she wasn't singing
that- she was too tired! Let's keep our fingers crossed that she
has a sudden surge of 2nd act energy for the rest of the tour and
that song comes back. We all sang "The Rose" together,
which never stops giving me chills, and then the show ended, sans
encore. I had suspected there wouldn't be one due to those lucky
and rich Democrats she had dessert with afterwards...
Other additions to the show I had not previously mentioned:
-during the opening, she talks about how the Harlettes want equal
pay and health care. She asks them who they think they are, Susan
B. Anthony? If they're not careful, their votes won't be counted.
Note to self: call Jeb Bush!
-During at least two of the shows at Radio City, I noticed that
Bette actually took a drag from the cigarette she lights as Delores.
I found it to be pretty humorous.
-Before "Skylark", while talking about birds, she says
she thought the only hawks were in the White House!
-During "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going", the girls
back up Bette with some new vocals.
-The part of the Judge Judy video where Gary Coleman says, "She
had a show?" was cut out.
-And last, but not least, Miss M seems to be sporting some new bling-bling
on her left hand. Looked like ruby or pink tourmaline...Hmmm.