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Thursday, January 10, 2019

BetteBack August 19, 1975: Bette Midler Says Lawrence Welk Dissed Her

Wichita Falls Times
August 19, 1975


Bette Midler said in Playgirl magazine that Lawrence Welk was once supposed to dance with her on the Mike Douglas show, but he wouldn’t – he thought I was a dirty little girl” . . . Pearl Bailey’s daughter, Dee, 16, is traveling with Pearl’s “Hello, Dolly!” company, so Bill Daniel’s daughter Dominique, 16, came along to keep her company.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler in the 1971 musical production of The Who’s Tommy. Here she’s playing the part of The Mother

Bette Midler in the 1971 musical production of The Who's Tommy. Here she's playing the part of The Mother
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How To Avoid The Crowds At “Hello Dolly!” With Bette Midler

New York Post
How to avoid the crowds at these NYC hotspots
by Johnny Oleksinski
July 11, 2018

Julieta Cervantes

The hot mess: Insane crowds at “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway are a sure Bette. That’s because its Tony Award-winning star, Bette Midler, is returning to the musical for just six weeks starting July 17. During her first stint, tickets went for as much as $800 and performances were always sold out — leading to hordes of people waiting for cancellation seats all day. “The Midler lines at the Shubert are always long and lively,” PR man Rick Miramontez tells The Post. Even wilder are the fans waiting to bask in the glow of the Divine Miss M post-show. “Bette at the stage door is one of the great Broadway events,” Miramontez says.

Pro tip: Midler is fab, but she’s just one part of a sensational production. To give the star a break, actress Donna Murphy will play the lead role for just five performances (July 22 and 29, and Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 20). Tickets to Murphy’s shows will be cheaper, there will be more availability and you’ll have a good old-fashioned blast. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.; tickets at Telecharge.com or 212-239-6200

— Johnny Oleksinski

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

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Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. Hello, Dolly! Was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and nine other Tonys. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatres hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was a 1969 film nominated for seven Academy Awards.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

5 Standout Broadway Cast Albums of 2017

5 Standout Broadway Cast Albums of 2017
DEC 12, 2017

Dozens of theatre albums were released this past year, but five of them stood out for their sound and singularity.



While leading lady Bette Midler was the definitive draw for this revival, the stand-out song for this Dolly, or any Dolly for that matter, isn’t “Before the Parade Passes By”—time and again it comes down to “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.” Jerry Herman’s score is a joyous concoction crafted simply to delight and enthrall audiences, and it kicks into high gear with this first act production number.

This is the moment when the 28 musicians in Hello, Dolly!’s orchestra steal the show without ever stepping foot on stage. Expertly handled on this revival by conductor/music director Andy Einhorn, Philip J. Lang’s original 1964 orchestrations are spiffed up thanks to sparkling new charts by orchestrator Larry Hochman and vocal arranger Don Pippin, who ends the number with a thrilling new vocal flourish.

The orchestra seems to nearly tumble over itself and derail with excitement in the last 60 seconds of the number as the trumpets wail on those half-note triplets in the final verse. In a brilliant moment of orchestral magic, the entire orchestra chugs perfectly into place, bells and whistles toot in locomotive rhythm, horns blare, and the entire Shubert Theatre is steaming toward New York City along with Dolly Levi and company.

There can be no better seat on Broadway than in the pit of the Shubert Theatre every night during “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.”


If Broadway had a song of the summer, or the season, it would hands down be Ben Platt’s thrilling delivery of Pasek and Paul’s twisting gut-wrencher “Waving Through a Window.” Musically, the song is filled with extreme peaks and valleys, and Pasek and Paul’s risky move to pull the rug out from under listeners (on several occasions during the song) pays off. From the rhythmic layers of the show’s opener to the overwhelming fullness of “You Will Be Found,” from Rachel Bay Jones’ tenderness in her solo “So Big/So Small” to the song that stops everyone in their tracks (“Words Fail”), ingredients collide in one of the most satisfying pop scores since Next to Normal.



It’s been 20 years since Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty earned an Academy Award nomination for “Journey to the Past” from the 1997 Fox animated feature Anastasia. When it came time to bring the production to the stage, the writers seamlessly picked up where they left off, crafting a dramatically complex score that threads familiar motifs from the film into the historic realism of the musical. Anastasia has come of age with her fans. Anya’s new numbers, “In My Dreams” and the ravishing “Crossing a Bridge,” are paired with the rousing “Still,” written for the new character Gleb. All of this is balanced with light-hearted material like “We’ll Go From There,” which conjures the joy of the original film. Only Ahrens and Flaherty could make this sound easy. Ask any musical theatre team who attempted to write a sequel to one of their hits, going back in time is often impossible.



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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Midler on playing characters:

Midler on playing characters: “Those kinds of characters that are larger than life — driven, overbearing — those kinds of characters don’t come along very often. Even in the theater. And since good parts are at a premium, I’m no fool — I want to play as many of them as I possibly can. Every actress who calls herself an actress wants in her heart to play Lady Macbeth. And every musical-comedy person wants to play Mama Rose.” (1993, Hartford Courant) – Bette Midler

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

At The Broadway B.O., Sales Rocket As Audience Lags In Sellers’ Market

Deadline Hollywood
At The Broadway B.O., Sales Rocket As Audience Lags In Sellers’ Market
by Jeremy Gerard
November 13, 2017 3:40pm

For the moment, the pre-holiday season looks swell, especially with Uma Thurman (in Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman) and Amy Schumer (in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower) joining Bette Midler and Bruce Springsteen on the gold-paved Street where we live. So good, in fact, that this week we’re going to give you twoTop 5 charts, one for musicals and one for non-musicals. The mere fact that there are enough plays on Broadway at the moment to require their own visual aid is remarkable all by itself.

Seventeen of the 30 running shows were up $100K or more. Of course that included Midler’s return from a week off, bumping Hello, Dolly! by a cool $1.47 million to $2.35 million at the Shubert Theatre, where the average ticket brought $210.26. It also included a jump of $151.65K for Waitress as pop star Jason Mraz came on board the Sara Bareilles tuner at the Nederlander Organization’s Brooks Atkinson, where it rejoined the $1 million club and tickets were averaging $133.87.

Julie Taymor’s revival of M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen, continues to improve in the face of some middling reviews; it leapt $83.58K to $661.5K at the Shuberts’ Cort, with tickets averaging $97.16. New to the preview club were SpongeBob SquarePants, at the Nederlanders’ Palace, where 85 percent of the seats were filled for seven performances, average ticket price $63.68, and a revival of that musical charmer Once On This Island, at Circle in the Square, where every seat was filled for six previews at $90.63 on average.

The five top-grossing shows were:

• Hamilton ($3.14 million at the Nederlanders’ Richard Rodgers; $292.14 average ticket)

• Springsteen on Broadway ($2.39 million at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Walter Kerr; five performances; $505.39)

• Hello, Dolly! ($2.35 million at the Shubert; $210.26) Read More

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress: “I hope I don’t cry,” Midler said, before proceeding to give a sharp-witted speech toward the end of the 71st Annual Tony Awards in New York Sunday night. “This has been one of the greatest professional experiences of my entire life… I’m so grateful for the outpouring of love, it has been absolutely extraordinary. That said, I can’t remember the last time I had more smoke blown up my ass, but there’s no more room. This is the cherry on the cake…This has given me the ride of my life.” (Tony Awards, 2017) – Bette Midler

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Donna Murphy Sets Final Performance Date in Hello, Dolly!; Bernadette Peters Will Perform Eight Shows a Week

Donna Murphy Sets Final Performance Date in Hello, Dolly!; Bernadette Peters Will Perform Eight Shows a Week
by Andy Lefkowitz • Sep 6, 2017


Donna Murphy, who has been wowing Tuesday-night audiences in the title role of Hello, Dolly! since June, will play her final performance in the musical on January 9, 2018. Bernadette Peters, who is set to replace Bette Midler in the role on January 20, will play all eight weekly performances in the musical. Midler’s final performance will be on January 14.

As previously announced, also joining the company on January 20 will be Victor Garber, taking over the role of Horace Vandergelder from David Hyde Pierce. The cast of Hello, Dolly! also includes 2017 Tony winner Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl, Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, Beanie Feldstein as Minnie Fay, Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde and Jennifer Simard as Ernestina Money. Taylor Trensch will exit the company as Barnaby Tucker at a date to be set to lead the cast of Dear Evan Hansen; a Hello, Dolly! replacement for Trensch will be announced.

The full company of Hello, Dolly! features Kevin Ligon, Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Giuseppe Bausilio, Justin Bowen, Taeler Cyrus, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Stephen Hanna, Michael Hartung, Robert Hartwell, Aaron Kaburick, Amanda LaMotte, Analisa Leaming, Jess LeProtto, Nathan Madden, Michael McCormick, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, Jessica Sheridan, Christian Dante White, Branch Woodman, Ryan Worsing, Richard Riaz Yoder, Michael Hartung, Elizabeth Earley, Jenifer Foote, Ian Liberto, Michaeljon Slinger, Nathan Keen, Sarah Meahl and Stephen Hernandez.

The revival features direction by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Warren Carlyle with lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Scott Lehrer and costume/scenic design by 2017 Tony winner Santo Loquasto.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

HELLO, DOLLY! Posts Highest Gross In The History Of Entire Shubert Organization

Broadway World
HELLO, DOLLY! Posts Highest Gross In The History Of Entire Shubert Organization
by BWW News Desk
May. 3, 2017


The new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler has already made a habit out of breaking the house record at the Shubert Theatre, and now it has had the best week in the history of the entire Shubert Organization. As previously announced, Hello, Dolly!, on the heels of its ecstatic reviews, grossed $2,105,473 over just seven performances, last week. This number tops the previous highest weekly gross in the organization’s history, set by Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway with $2,056,956 over nine performances. The Shubert Organization is America’s oldest professional theatre company and the largest theatre owner on the Broadway. Shubert currently owns and operates seventeen Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. Read More

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