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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tony Awards offer some dramatic possibilities

Boston Globe
Tony Awards offer some dramatic possibilities
By Christopher Wallenberg GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
JUNE 09, 2017

NEW YORK — What does Broadway look like in the year A.H. (After “Hamilton”)? Last season, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s juggernaut washed over the competition at the Tony Awards like a tidal wave. So this could have been a lackluster year by comparison, as some had predicted, but instead a pack of popular, celebrated, even game-changing contenders arrived in both the musical and play genres. With tight races in several main categories, expect some big drama on Tony night (let’s just hope the presenters open the correct envelopes). Here are our predictions — and preferences — for the winners in each of the major categories. Read More

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Why this year’s Tony Awards may be ‘a little muted’

New York Post
Why this year’s Tony Awards may be ‘a little muted’
By Michael Riedel
May 30, 2017 | 11:20pm

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As the Tony Award telecast starts to come together, there’s concern that the June 11 show might be, as one Broadway insider puts it, “a little muted.”

CBS, which broadcasts the Tonys, likes big numbers from high-profile shows. And while this year’s crop of new musicals is diverse and exciting, there’s no “Hamilton”-size blockbuster. Nor are there showstopping songs along the lines of “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King” or “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked” — powerful songs that can stand on their own terms, out of the show’s context. Read More

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

IFC Films Picks Up Trudie Styler’s Feature Directing Debut ‘Freak Show’

Deadline
IFC Films Picks Up Trudie Styler’s Feature Directing Debut ‘Freak Show
by Anita Busch
May 19, 2017 2:15pm

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Freak Show, Trudie Styler’s feature directorial debut, has been acquired by IFC Films for U.S. distribution. The film, based on the James St. James novel of the same name about a cross-dressing teen, first debuted in a sold out screening at the Berlin Film Festival and stars Alex Lawther (Imitation Game), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Bette Midler, and Abigail Breslin. The Works is handling foreign sales at Cannes. Read More

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bette Midler – Fire Down Below – Divine Madness -1980

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Monday, May 30, 2016

On The Paparazzi: “The paparazzi haven’t been too much of a problem. You expect them at premieres and things. That’s your job. Let’s face it. But the other day my husband and I were having lunch at an outside cafe in New York.

On The Paparazzi: “The paparazzi haven’t been too much of a problem. You expect them at premieres and things. That’s your job. Let’s face it. But the other day my husband and I were having lunch at an outside cafe in New York. I told him ‘That guy over there is photographing us.’ He said “Oh, you think everyone is photographing you.’ Yeah sure. The photograph came out the next day, and I didn’t look so hot.” (Herald-Journal – Apr 8, 1997) Read More

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

BetteBack February 28, 1996: Bette Midler Would Be The Perfect Host For The Grammys

Elyria Chronicle Telegram
February 28, 1996

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The night may belong to those in the music world, but a comedy star will be presiding over it again.

Ellen DeGeneres will serve as host of the 38th annual Grammy Awards, as CBS televises the ceremony tonight from Los Angeles’ Shnne Auditorium.

Among the scheduled performers are Mariah Carey and Boyz n Men (rendering their Grammynominated collaboration “One Sweet Day”), as well as fellow nominees Mariah Carey, Hootie & the Blowfish, Alanis Morissette and TLC. Presenters are slated to include Tim Alien, Gloria Estefan, Chris Isaak, “Friends” regular Lisa Kudrow and Vanessa Williams. Read More

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

BetteBack February 25, 1996: Women Make Strides At The Grammys

Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 1996 | LLOYD SACHS

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Of all the award categories devised by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, none is a less reliable gauge of talent than the Grammy for best new artist. Faster than you can say “one-hit wonder,” a host of winners have become no-hit stumblers.
Are you out there, Bobbie Gentry, Men at Work, Debby Boone and Mark Cohn? (See Timeline on Page 3.)

But even if this year’s best new artist nominees enjoy only a brief stay in the commercial sun – which seems unlikely, particularly for rockers Alanis Morissette and Joan Osborne – the women who dominate the category still will have contributed to one of Grammy’s most compelling statements. Read More

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On What She’d Really Like To Do After The Rose:

Bette Midler On What She’d Really Like To Do After The Rose: “I really want to do a technicolor musical comedy – a great big, old fashioned musical comedy. The kind they don’t seem to know how to make anymore. I see them on TV and I still go to the theaters that still show them. They drive me mad – they’re so full of light and color and sound and people acting happy. (Eugene Register-Guard – Nov 19, 1977)

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.

Bette Midler to return to Broadway in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Read More

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

BetteBack September 24, 1993: Liz Smith – Radio City fans go bananas over Bette

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
September 24, 1993

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That force of nature, Bette Midler, opened last week at Radio City Music Hall to a crowd that was nearly hysterical in its adulation. From her first moments onstage, singing “Friends” while thousands stood and cheered, to her final, exquisite rendition of “The Glory of Love,” Bette had the huge audience in the palm of her tiny hand.

If, at almost three hours, Bette’s “ Experience the Divine” has a few rough/slow spots, that is only to be expected. And Bette’s eclectic, grab-bag form at is pretty much what she’s always done on stage. You get ballads … you get hula n u m b ers… you get the incredible Delores DeLago, wheelchair-bound mermaid supreme (and wait till you see Delores’ great send-up of “New York, New York! ” — Sinatra and Liza may just have to drop this number from their repertoire, it should never be taken seriously a g a in )… you get the old Sophie Tucker jokes … you get a taste of “ Gypsy,” Midler’s upcoming TV special, with a knockdown version of “Rose’s Turn” … and, of course, you get Bette’s sass with flash, scripted (by Bruce Vilanch), and her ad libs. Read More

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We Are The World Turns 30!

USA Today
We Are the World‘ at 30: 12 tales you might not know
Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY 10:11 a.m. EST January 28, 2015

The all-star recording session for We Are the World, the biggest charity single of all time, took place 30 years ago Wednesday.

On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa. Most of that show’s winners — including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons — participated. Read More

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