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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman Talk NBC’s HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, BOMBSHELL & More!

Broadway World Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman Talk NBC’s HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, BOMBSHELL & More!

November 3 81rtqe1ro-l-_sl1500_ Today, BWW participated in a media conference call with HAIRSPRAY composer/co-lyricist Marc Shaiman and co-lyricist Scott Wittman who answered questions and shared the latest developments on NBC’s highly anticipated broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The duo revealed that HAIRSPRAY LIVE! will feature some songs that were featured in the film, but not the Broadway show, and that not all of the songs from the Broadway show will be performed in the TV production. (Check out the full tracklist and details on the HAIRSPRAY LIVE! cast recording HERE!) One song that will be in the NBC broadcast is “Baltimore Crabs,” performed by Kristin Chenoweth, who takes on the role of Velma. Shaiman explained that their goal was to “see what we could do with Baltimore Crabs to show off everything that Kristin has to show off. And that’s a lot!” In other exciting news, fan fave “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” will be performed in the December 7th broadcast. Said Wittman of the number, “It’s back. How can we not do it with Kristin and Andrea – it would be a sacrilege.” Speaking on their upcoming projects, Shaiman and Wittman confirmed that plans to bring the fictional musical BOMBSHELL, from NBC’s SMASH, to Broadway is still in the works. “We’ve been talking to book writers,” said Wittman. Added Shaiman, “Yes we actually just today – just this morning got an email about a very exciting possible collaborator.” He added, “I really do think there’s a real life for Bombshell. Luckily Bob Greenblatt is still, you know, just incredibly supportive of it and of us.” Agreed Wittman, “Yes he’s a fairy Godfather I guess.” As far as future projects in the works, the collaborators revealed that they were currently in London working on Disney’s highly-anticipated musical, MARY POPPINS RETURNS. Shared Wittman, “We spent a fabulous day with Lin Manuel and Emily Blunt singing. So that’s always a joy to be hearing.” Adds Shaiman, “Yes. Literally all day we sat in a room with them singing – singing our songs right into our faces. So Mary Poppins Returns is really taking over our lives completely the last few months, and for the next few months. And then we go directly from the final recording session for the prerecords for Mary Poppins Returns – we fly back to New York for first day rehearsals for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” He went on to tease, “And there’s new stuff also coming but, you know, it’s all that top secret kind of show biz stuff that we’re not allowed to talk about yet. Maybe Wiki Leaks can let you know!” Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “HAIRSPRAY LIVE!” is a bold new television production coming to NBC on Wednesday, Dec. 7 (8/7c). In 1962 Baltimore, teenager Tracy Turnblad’s (newcomer Maddie Baillio) dreams come true when she earns a spot dancing on the “Corny Collins Show,” and uses her newfound fame to campaign for the integration of the all-white TV program. “Hairspray Live!” also stars Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Ephraim Sykes and Shahadi Wright Joseph. Click here for the latest news on “Hairspray Live!” MARC SHAIMAN, along with Scott Wittman, wrote the music and lyrics for NBC’s holiday production of “Hairspray Live!” Shaiman has been writing music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations, very lengthy emails and even lengthier bios since entering show business at the age of 16 in 1976. Currently, he and Wittman are developing Disney’s film sequel to “Mary Poppins,” to be directed by Rob Marshall, for which they will contribute a new original song score. He and Wittman were executive producers of the successful film adaptation of their musical “Hairspray.” Shaiman has been nominated for two TONY AWARDS (winning one for co-writing the score to “Hairspray” with co-lyricist Scott Wittman), four GRAMMY AWARDS(winning one for the original cast recording of “Hairspray”), 11 Emmy Awards (winning one for his work on the Billy Crystal-hosted Academy Award) and if he hadn’t lost each of his five Oscar nominations (for “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Patch Adams,” “The First Wives Club,” “The American President” and “South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut”), he could boast of being an EGOT. Till then, he remains an EGT. Shaiman’s other film work includes “Beaches,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers,” “The Addams Family,” “A Few Good Men,” “Sister Act” (1 & 2), “Hocus Pocus,” “The Bucket List” and “Parental Guidance.” Off-Broadway productions include “The High-Heeled Women,” “Livin’ Dolls” and “Andre De Shields’ Haarlem Nocturne,” while his Broadway concert credits are “Peter Allen-Up in One,” Bette Midler’s “Divine Madness,” Ellie Greenwich’s “Leader of the Pack” and “Patti LuPone on Broadway.” Besides “Hairspray,” his and Wittman’s other original Broadway musicals are the Tony-nominated “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me,” the Tony-winning “Catch Me If You Can” and, soon to be on Broadway (and currently in its third year on London’s West End), the record-breaking Olivier Award-winning musical version of “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.” After a tremendously successful concert for the Actors’ Fund, his and Wittman’s musical “Bombshell,” created as part of the television show “Smash,” is now being developed into a Broadway show. His other television ventures include “The Sweeney Sisters” on “Saturday Night Live,” countless award and talk show shows with Billy Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Black and Will Ferrell (among many others), Jenifer Lewis’ “Jackie’s Back,” the Emmy-winning “SNL 40th,” the aforementioned “Smash” and his proudest achievement for television – his collaboration with Bette Midler for her Emmy-winning appearance as the final guest on Johnny Carson’s penultimate “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Other performers Shaiman has collaborated with in concert, cabaret, film and television include Kristen Chenoweth, Eric Clapton, Christine Ebersole, Kathy Griffin, Allison Janney, Jennifer Holiday, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, John Mayer, Barbra Streisand, Rob Thomas, Queen Latifah, Raquel Welch, Robin Williams and many others. He has co-produced and/or ARRANGED recordings for (among others) Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariah Carey, including the Grammy-winning recordings “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From a Distance.” And he is quite fond of his online opus “Prop 8 – The Musical”. Among many other honors, he and Wittman were celebrated in 2014 by the New York Pops with a spectacular concert at Carnegie Hall. SCOTT WITTMAN, along with Marc Shaiman, wrote the music and lyrics for NBC’s holiday production of “Hairspray Live!” Currently, he and Shaiman are developing Disney’s film sequel to “Mary Poppins,” to be directed by Rob Marshall, for which they will contribute a new original song score. Wittman co-wrote the lyrics for “Hairspray,” for which he received a Tony and Grammy Award, and the show won the Olivier Award for best new musical. He also served as an executive producer on the hit film starring John Travolta. Wittman and Shaiman teamed up again for Broadway’s “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me,” which Wittman also directed, and “Catch Me If You Can,” which received a Tony nomination for best musical. Wittman co-wrote lyrics to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” directed by Sam Mendes, which is breaking box office records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End. The show will be opening on Broadway next spring at the Lunt-Fontanne. For their original songs on NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Wittman and Shaiman were nominated for two Emmys, a Grammy and a Golden Globe Award. On “Smash,” they composed songs for Jennifer Hudson, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters and Liza Minnelli. Their original score for the Marilyn Monroe musical “Bombshell” was released on Sony Records and, after a tremendously successful concert for the Actors’ Fund, “Bombshell” is now being developed into a Broadway show. For Patti LuPone, Wittman has created and directed two Broadway shows, three recordings and four sold-out Carnegie Hall concerts. Together with Christine Ebersole, he co-created a string of critically lauded evenings at the Carlyle and across the country. Downtown at La Mama, Wittman conceived and directed “Jukebox Jackie,” starring Justin Vivian Bond, Cole Escola, Steel Burkhardt and Bridget Everett. At the Public Theatre, Joe’s Pub, he directed and co-wrote “Rock Bottom,” also starring Bridget Everett. Among many other honors, Wittman and Shaiman were celebrated in 2014 by the New York Pops with a spectacular concert at Carnegie Hall.  

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Soundtrack Set for Release Before NBC’s Broadcast; Full Tracklist!

On December 2, 2016 Masterworks Broadway/Epic Records will release “Hairspray LIVE! Original Soundtrack Of The NBC TelevisionEvent” the companion album to NBC’s broadcast of “Hairspray Live!” which will air on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The all-star cast features Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright Joseph, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio, and Special Guest Stars Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, and Rosie O’Donnell. Available for pre-order now, “Hairspray LIVE! Original Soundtrack of the NBC TelevisionEvent” will include studio recordings for all of the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members in the live broadcast. In “Hairspray Live!” teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.” Emmy award-winning live television director Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will join Tony-winning director Kenny Leon (“The Wiz Live!”). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning “Chicago,” “The Wiz Live!,” the upcoming “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” and the live television production of the Broadway play “A Few Good Men”) serve as executive producers of “Hairspray Live!” Harvey Fierstein will also provide a new teleplay and Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots,” “On Your Feet”) will serve as choreographer for the live production with music and lyrics by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Smash,” the upcoming feature “Mary Poppins Returns” and the Broadway-bound “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”). The soundtrack is licensed through the NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group. Tracklisting: 1. “Good Morning Baltimore” 2. “The Nicest Kids in Town” 3. “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now” 4. “I Can Hear the Bells” 5. “(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs” 6. “Ladies’ Choice” 7. “It Takes Two” 8. “Velma’s Revenge” 9. “Welcome to the 60’s” 10.”Run and Tell That” 11. “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” 12. “(You’re) Timeless to Me” 13. “Good Morning Baltimore (Reprise)” 14. “Without Love” 15. “I Know Where I’ve Been” 16. “(It’s) Hairspray” 17. “Cooties” 18. “You Can’t Stop the Beat” 19. “Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)” Preorder Links: iTunes – http://smarturl.it/HairsprayLIVE Amazon – http://smarturl.it/HairsprayLIVE-cd SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS comprises the imprints

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

BetteBack December 12, 1993: Bette Midler pulls out all the stops in ‘Gypsy’

Lowell Sun Bette Midler pulls out all the stops in ‘Gypsy* December 12, 1993 2vxrpeq Everything’s coming up roses? As far as Bette Midler is concerned, absolutely. She looks like a shoo-in for another Emmy for her powerhouse, all-systems-are-go performance as Mama Rose in CBS’s splendid re-creation of the 1959 Broadway musical Gypsy. The special three-hour broadcast, tonight at 8 p.m., EST, perfectly defines the concept of event television. The first Mama Rose was Ethel Merman, using her last appearance in a Broadway show to crown a legendary career with her most memorable performance. Midler appears to have been made for this role of primal stage mother. Rose is a monaster, pure and simple, trying to realize her own frustrated ambitions through the incessant pushing and manipulating of her daughters, June and Louise. The woman is anything but lovable. But it is the genius of Arthur Laurents s book, Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics that her sheer energy and determination can leave audiences in a state approaching awe. From the moment she storms into a Seattle audition for child performers shouting, “Sing out, Louise, sing out!,’’ Midler’s Rose exudes enough brass to satisfy the most demanding of Merman fans. This Rose can toss off wisecracks with finesse and belt a lyric into the rafters. The lavish production is painstaking, from Bonnie Walker’s re-creations of Jerome Robbins’s original choreography to Bob Mackie’s snazzy costumes. The supporting cast is strong, from major roles (Peter Riegert as Herbie the manager, Cynthia Gibb as Louise, Jennifer Beck as Dainty June, cmd Christine Ebersole as the stripper Tessie Tura) to choice cameos (Edward Asner as Rose’s father). In the end, Rose just wants to be noticed. Midler makes sure of that in the performance of her career. So far.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BetteBack January 12, 1989: Beaches Is A Washout – Roger Ebert

Alton Telegraph January 12, 1989 307888_221806364559675_221327031274275_536416_1000395235_n Maybe the problem is with the flashbacks. Maybe if the whole story had simply been told from beginning to end it would have felt less like one of those 1950s tearjerkers with the rain blowing in through the window and getting the curtains all wet. But Beaches begins on a note of impending doom, and that colors everything else with an undertone of bittersweet poignancy, and believe me, there is only so much bittersweet poignancy I can take in any one movie. The film opens with CC Bloom (Bette Midler), a pop star, rehearsing for a big concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Then she gets an urgentmessage, and suddenly the concert seems unimportant and she has to drop everything and race to San Francisco. Well, of course there’s bad weather and the planes are all grounded, so she sets off through the night in a rental car, raindrops on the windshield and tears in her eyes. The movie then flashes back to an event some years earlier on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, where young CC first meets a playmate named Hillary Whitney. CC is a trouper even at the age of 12, and we follow her through a showbiz audition in which her mother (Lainie Kazan) cheerleads from the front of the stalls. She doesn’t get the job, but she does make a friend in Hillary, and, of course, this friendship is to endure all during the lives of these two quite different women, all the way up until the tragedy that is foreshadowed in the opening scenes. What happens in the first half-hour of Beaches is sort of discouraging. The story is set up so completely in terms of ancient movie cliches that we know we can relax; nothing unexpected is going to happen. W e’re way ahead of the characters on the screen. We know that the two women will meet again as young adults, that they will fall in love with the same man, that one will love him and the other leave him, that they’ll have some big fights, but their friendship will endure. We also know, of course, that some sort of movie disease will strike Hillary — because why else is CC driving all night through the rain? Hillary Whitney is played in the movie by Barbara Hershey, as a rich W ASP to Midler’s irreverent Jewish girl. Various men and marriages drift in and out of view, but the important thing is that Hillary has a child (Grace Johnston). CC, of course, has never had a child and is not sure she likes this one, and the suspicion is mutual, so we know — we simply KNOW — that the Hershey character will die and that there will be a big heart-tugging scene at the end where CC and the kid decide to plug on through life side by side. I have no doubt that the people who made this film approached it with great sincerity, but Beaches lacks the spontaneity of life. Beaches gives us nothing that can’t be spotted coming a mile down the road.
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