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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mark Shenton: Why is my theatre ticket so expensive? It’s the economics, stupid

The Stage Mark Shenton: Why is my theatre ticket so expensive? It’s the economics, stupid By Mark Shenton Oct 4, 2017 2017-09-13_3-44-07

Theatre is necessarily a minority activity: even in London’s five largest theatres – the London Coliseum, London Palladium, Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Dominion – just 2,358, 2,286, 2,256, 2,196 and 2,069 people will be able to watch each performance respectively.

Other commercial West End venues range in size from 432 seats (the Fortune) to 1,500 (the Adelphi), but many important London theatres are much smaller: the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs (90 seats), Donmar (251 seats) and Almeida (325 seats) are three of the most high-profile producing venues in London, while the influential and unfunded fringe theatre the Finborough has just 50 seats. ...  Read More

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

BetteBack March 3, 1975: Bette Midler Presents Stevie Wonder With Best Album Of The Year At The Grammy’s

Kingsport Times March 3, 1975 1975-Bette-Midler Stevie Wonder and Olivia Newton-John took ho.me most of the marbles at Saturday night’s Grammy award presentations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Wonder, the blind rock singer who had his first hit record at the age of 13, was named top male vocalist of 1974. He also won three other awards, including the Best Album of the Year honor for “Fulfillingness’ First Finale.” Miss Newton-John, who last year was named the best female country vocalist, won the Record of the Year Award for her “I Honestly Love You.” She was also named the best female pop vocalist for 1974. Another multiple winner was Marvin Hamlisch. This year Hamlisch took top prize in four categories, one more than he won last year. His awards were for Best New Artist of the Year, Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his piano version of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” Best Original Movie Score for “The Way We Were,” and Best Song of the Year with Marilyn and Alan Bergman for “The Way We Were.” It was the same old song for Aretha Franklin who won the Best Female Rhythm V Blues Vocal Grammy .for the seventh straight year. This time around it was for “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” Other awards went like this: Best Male Country Performer: Ronnie Milsap. Best Female Country Performer: Anne Murray. Best Country Group: Pointer Sisters for “Fairytale.” Best Country Song:”A Very Special Love Song.” Best Inspirational Song: “How Great Thou Art” by Elvis Presley. Best Gospel Song: “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor”by the Oak Ridge Boys. Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording: “Two Days in November” by Doc and Merle Watson. Best Big Band Recording: Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd.” Best Pop Vocal by a group:”Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and Wings. Best Instrumental Composition: “Tubular Bells,”the theme from the movie The Exorcist, by Mike Oldfield. Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Vocal by a group: “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus. Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Instrumental: “TSOP” by MFSB. Best Jazz Group: the Oscar Peterson trio. Best Jazz Soloist: the late Charlie Parker for “First Recordings!” Best Original Cast Album: “Raisin,” by Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan. Best Spoken Word Album: “Good Evening,” the now-closed Broadway show of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Best Pop Arrangement: Joni Mitchell for “Down to You.” Best Comedy Album: “That Nigger’s Crazy” by Richard Pryor. Best Children’s Album: “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,” read by Sebastian Cabot and Sterling Holloway. Best Soul Gospel Song: “In the Ghetto,” by James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir. Best Classical Album: “Berlioz: Symphonic Fantastique ” by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony. Best Orchestra Recording: same record by Sir Georg and the Chicago Symphony. British Albums Chart December 13, 2015: The Biggest Debut By A Veteran Artists Is Bette Midler | BootLeg Betty BetteBack January 17, 1997: Miss M is Divine in Las Vegas | BootLeg Betty

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Well, whatever strictures there were have fallen apart.

[on what she perceives as the ‘pornification’ of pop music] Well, whatever strictures there were have fallen apart. And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts. [My advice?] Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t. – Bette Midler Image may contain: one or more people, people on stage and people standing
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BetteBack February 8, 1975: What To Expect On The Cher Special

Hillsdale Daily News February 8, 1975 2016-09-17_4-52-46 Music: Elton John sings hit version of the Beatle’s song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” ; Bette Midler sings “Higher And Higher”; Bette Midler playing Sleeping Beauty and Elton John playing the Lone Ranger; dressed in girdles, garter belts and boas, Cher and Bette Midler camp it up in a medley that includes”I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” and “Put The Blame On Mame” ; and, in another medley, Cher, Bette, Elton and Flip Wilson highlight the hour with “Mockingbird” “Proud Mary “Ainâ’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Never – Can Say Goodbye” BetteBack Review December 25, 1971: Bette Midler At Upstairs At The Downstairs Review | BootLeg Betty This Day In Rock History: May 21 – Bette’s The Last Guest On Johnny Carson | BootLeg Betty

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BetteBack November 30, 1974: What’s Bette Midler Like?

Dunkirk Evening Observer November 30, 1974 DHT_Midler WILL THE REAL BETTE MIDLER . . .? What’s she like, the Divine Miss M? Well, she is a nice girl who tends to be almost square in spite of her avant-garde cult of fans. Bette usually falls in love too easily but with really nice guys. Her current one is a backstage union member she met during her Broadway concert. Bette is driving everybody crazy lately with her, “I don’t want to work” decision and the rumor’s around that she fought with Paul Simon during their record session together (not yet released). But Bette will be okay. She’s a terrific girl.

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    Friday, June 2, 2017

    Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Soundtrack & New ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Cast Recording Debut

    Billboard Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Soundtrack & New ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Cast Recording Debut 5/25/2017 by Keith Caulfield ...  Read More

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    Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke!

    Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke! (Divine Madness, 1979) Image may contain: one or more people and closeup
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    Bette Midler – Delores Delago – Experience The Divine Tour – 1993

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    Friday, May 26, 2017

    It’s all right for anybody to be who they are just as long as they don’t let their dogs shit in the street. (1975)

    It’s all right for anybody to be who they are just as long as they don’t let their dogs shit in the street. (1975) Image may contain: one or more people
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    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    The Rose – Experience The Divine Tour – Bette Midler – 1993

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