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Friday, August 17, 2018

BetteBack July 17, 1975: ABC Offers Bette Midler A Special Deal

Harrisburg Daily Register
July 17, 1975

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Bette Midler, the doyenne of glitter rock, may soon be doing her boogie woogie on ABC, a network spokesman said Wednesday.

“We have made her an offer,*’ the spokesman confirmed, “now, it’s up to her.” The spokesman declined to discuss the terms of the offer.

Miss Midler has risen from a cult following in a Manhattan steambath to successes on Broadway and television with her outrageous style of song and dance. Her first top seller was a parody of the Andrews’ Sister hit of the 1940’s “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler And Barry Manilow – Gay Pride 1973

Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Gay Pride 1973

JUNE 24, 1973
Bette Midler (center), backed by Barry Manilow (at piano), flanked by, among others, Vito Russo (at far right, in white pants, with head turned away), at Christopher Street Liberation Day, Washington Square Park, New York City, June 24, 1973. Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Trees Grow in Brooklyn, Thanks to Michael Kors and Bette Midler

The Cut
Trees Grow in Brooklyn, Thanks to Michael Kors and Bette Midler
By Emilia Petrarca
JUNE 22, 2018

It was hard to hear Bette Midler singing as the JMZ train thundered past the Essex Street Community Garden in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon. But the show must go on.

Midler had a job to do. She was there to help her longtime friend Michael Kors and his husband, Lance LePere, cut the ribbon for the newly restored green space, which they helped bring to life in partnership with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP). To celebrate, Kors hosted a block party on the summer solstice with live music, food trucks, and face paint. Read More

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

BetteBack April 24, 1975: It’s a glossier Bette Midler who’s back in the Big Apple (‘Clams’)

Middletown Times Herald
April 24, 1975

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NEW YORKBette Midler, the tackiest girl in town, has come home to roost at the tackiest theater on Broadway, the Minskoff. She opened last week with her “Clams on the Half Shell Revue,” and proved that it’s oysters that produce pearls, not clams.

The show begins with the overture from “Oklahoma!” — which is not a bad way to open a show. At least it once worked quite well for “Oklahoma!? It then moves straight into a scene from “Showboat.” Read More

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Broadway sees nearly-20 year high in admissions from city residents

Newsday
Broadway sees nearly-20 year high in admissions from city residents
By Lisa L. Colangelo and Alison Fox
January 9, 2018

Broadway isn’t just for tourists anymore.

New York City residents are returning to the Great White Way in numbers not seen in almost 20 years, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Broadway League.

The annual demographics survey showed city residents made up about 2.85 million admissions to Broadway shows in 2016-17 — or 22 percent of the annual 13.3 million admissions. Read More

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

BetteBack June 30, 1975: People Magazine Interview Regarding “Clams”

People Magazine
Bette Midler Returns In Tacky Triumph
June 30, 1975
By Patricia Burstein

In a blue-and-white smock with red sandals coordinating her Bicentennial look, the star shimmied along New York’s 42nd Street on a recent afternoon. Some of the drifters and drunks recognized and swooped down on her, and she fluttered her fingers in self-­defense. She slunk past a peep show window, then nipped into an alley. A second later her bright red head popped out – the hand clutching the throat is her own, in the classic strangulation bit of vaudeville. “I wouldn’t say I invented tack,” Bette Midler observed, nasally, “but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.” Though meant as a self-effacing remark, it is true. Her virtual one-woman Broadway show this season has been the biggest hit by a solo artist since she herself last brightened the Great White Way in 1973. Read More

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BetteBack April 1, 1975: Review Of Preview Of “Clams On The Half Shell Revue” Before NYC

The Evening Bulletin
April 1, 1975
By Matt Mansker

Broadway ought to be girding for the pearl of its season, for Bette Midler‘s “Clams On The Half Shell Revue” will open there later this month to the certain bedazzlement of La Big Apple. The show, which began a preview run of a week last night at the Erlanger, [in Philadelphia] is a delicious concoction – lavish and brilliantly mounted; rich in atmosphere and antic uplift; here uproarious, there haunting.

The crux of the magic is that “Clams On The Half Shell” places Bette Midler, on the boards again after a year’s layoff, in an ideal theatrical environment, one which beautifully underscores her camp-kitsch aura while drawing out the superb substance of her talents as a singer and comedian. If anything, Miss M is a stronger performer than before, having stylized herself to a point where she radiates a full-blown identity without having to resort to any frantic oversell, although the smooth direction and chorography of Joe Layton must be acknowledged. Read More

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer

ET Now
Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer
20th October 2017

Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer

Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer

USA – Broadway’s latest revival of the ever-popular Jerry Herman comedy musical, Hello, Dolly! put Bette Midler centre stage as Dolly, the enterprising widow finding her way in an 1890s’ New York City. Directed by Jerry Zaks, with an expansively spatialised sound design by Scott Lehrer, enabled via TiMax SoundHub, the role saw Midler claim her first acting Tony award: Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Read More

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bette Midler’s Party Planner Has Great Advice on Throwing a Grown-Up Halloween Bash

Vogue
Bette Midler’s Party Planner Has Great Advice on Throwing a Grown-Up Halloween Bash
OCTOBER 13, 2017 3:32 PM
by ELISE TAYLOR

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Despite its ghoulish origins, Halloween is often considered a children’s holiday. After all, dressing up as a superhero and begging strangers for candy works when you’re 8. When you’re 30? Yeah, pretty sure that’s illegal.

But lately, there’s been a shift in the cultural stigma. Maybe it’s this generation’s fondness for nostalgia or a Peter Pan symptom of delayed adulthood, but more people in their twenties, thirties, and even forties are celebrating Halloween. But forget cheap costumes and chocolate—these celebrations are chic ones. Read More

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mark Shenton: Broadway’s premium ticket prices are punishing loyal theatre fans

The Stage
Mark Shenton: Broadway’s premium ticket prices are punishing loyal theatre fans
By Mark Shenton
Oct 12, 2017

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It’s a fact of life, like death and taxes, that theatre ticket prices are rising inexorably. And now they’ve breached the $1,000 mark on Broadway – no, not through touts or the resale market, but from the official box office.

Tickets for front-row seats at many performances between late November and mid-January for Hello, Dolly! – when Bette Midler leaves the show – have gone on sale online with prices that have been spiked to $998. Once compulsory booking fees are added, the total for that comes to $1,009. Read More

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