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Friday, February 23, 2018

Bette Midler vs Bernadette Peters With The Critics: In The End It Just Boils Down To Personal Preference – Stop Comparing!

Mister D: I know some of you don’t want to see any comparison reviews because it pits two beloved stars and friends against one another, but you knew it was going to happen. So I picked out some that said the same thing as the others, and what it really boils down to is personal tastes and fandom. The Peter’s fans are going to pick her and the Midler fans will pick Midler. Midler will win of course because she is an international star where Bernadette is basically a favorite of the Broadway crowd. It’s just a fact. So I see no reason to even argue with one another. Neither side is going to listen. And don’t feel sorry for these ladies. They are both at the top of their game, they have made it in an industry that is callous and cruel. Believe me both women can handle what is thrown at them. Yes, I’m sure they still get hurt feelings, but by now they have learned to say “fuck it, I’m a star!!!” Read More

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Broadway Tops Its Biggest Week Ever

The New York Times
Broadway Tops Its Biggest Week Ever
By ANDREW R. CHOWJAN. 2, 2018

The Broadway ticket sales boom hit a new peak over the holidays, with 32 shows contributing to the highest-grossing week in history.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is typically Broadway’s biggest of the year, with tourists in town and students off for the holidays. The total box-office gross reached $50.3 million, edging out the record set at the end of last year. But attendance was higher the same week last year, with 359,495 theatergoers. Higher ticket prices and the increased use of premium pricing models meant that more money came in last week, despite roughly 50,000 fewer tickets being sold. Read More

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why You’re Crazy Addicted to ‘Hocus Pocus

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Why You’re Crazy Addicted to ‘Hocus Pocus
BY YOHANA DESTA
October 22, 2014

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Something wicked this way comes.

Since 1993, the Disney film Hocus Pocus has been a perennial Halloween favorite, scaring up a new batch of children every year. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of evil witches known as the Sanderson sisters, the film is a kitschy gem. Through

Something wicked this way comes.

Since 1993, the Disney film Hocus Pocus has been a perennial Halloween favorite, scaring up a new batch of children every year. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of evil witches known as the Sanderson sisters, the film is a kitschy gem. Through countless showings on TV, and soaring DVD sales (which peak every October), it has become the cult favorite scary movie for a generation of kids. Read More

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dinner With Garry Marshall – Bette/Sophie Mention (Thanks Bev!)

New York Times
A Family Feeling, Wherever He Digs In
Drinks and Dinner With Garry Marshall
By ALEX WITCHELSEPT. 25, 2014

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LEAVE it to a native New Yorker who hasn’t lived here in 53 years to still know the best place to go.

Garry Marshall, director of the movies “Pretty Woman,” “Beaches” and “The Princess Diaries,” who also created the television series “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy,” is from the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. He loved his old neighborhood and never lost his delight in its easy camaraderie. So much so that when he shoots a movie, people say he doesn’t direct it as much as throw it. When I arrived at the elegant yet warmly appointed bar at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Central Park South — his choice — I began to see what that meant. Read More

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sophie von Haselberg To Make New York Theatrical Debut In “Billy & Ray”

New York Times
Vineyard Theater Casts Its Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler
By ANDREW R. CHOW AUGUST 26, 2014 4:40 PM

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Vincent Kartheiser will shift from the 1960s to the 1940s when he portrays Billy Wilder in “Billy & Ray” at the Vineyard Theater this fall.

Acclaimed for playing the prickly Pete Campbell on AMC’s period drama “Mad Men,” Mr. Kartheiser will join Larry Pine (“Casa Valentina”) who will portray Raymond Chandler. Drew Gehling (“Jersey Boys”) and Sophie von Haselberg round out the cast. Read More

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Theater Review: Bette Midler delivers a live-wire impersonation

Beverly Hills Courier
George Christy Talks About Bette Midler, Sue Mengers, John Logan’s I’ll Eat You Last, And More!
May 3, 2013

USA: 'I'll Eat You Last' Press Reception

A Hamburger she was. Her birthright. Hamburgers are natives of Hamburg, Germany. Immigrating to America, she didn’t lose time heading to Hollywood. Hired as a talent agency secretary, she manipulated herself into the upper ranks of agentdom. Our Hamburger was named Sue. In truth, a woman is a Hamburgerlin, but our Sue Mengers had the cojones of a bull. So Hamburger Sue it is. Her clients ranged from Barbra Streisand (who dropped her) to the O’Neals (Ryan and Tatum). Read More

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bette Midler Wins Stellar Reviews For “I’ll Eat You Last”

Contact Music
Bette Midler – Bette Midler Wins Stellar Reviews As Talent Agent Sue Mengers
25 April 2013

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The Hollywood veteran plays the real life starmaker, who died in 2011, in the new one-woman play by Skyfall screenwriter John Logan, which opened in New York on Wednesday night (24Apr13).

The run marks Midler’s first Broadway appearance in more than 30 years, and she didn’t disappoint when the curtain went up.

Charles Isherwood of the New York Times writes, “Ms. Midler… gives the most lusciously entertaining performance of the Broadway season… (She) cradles a spellbound audience in the palm of her hand from first joke to last toke (sic).”
New York Daily News reviewer Joe Dziemianowicz brands Midler’s performance “delicious” and “devine” and praises her comic timing as “Rolex-precise”, adding, “Midler is a riot”. Read More

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sue Mengers And The Aftermath Of Barbra

The Jewish Voice
Bette Midler Takes a Bite Out of Broadway
WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL 2013 20:44 BY BRIAN SCOTT MEDNICK

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It’s been 33 years since Bette Midler last appeared on the Broadway stage, but her fans can rejoice as she marks her theatrical return in the one-woman show “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.” The play, written by John Logan and directed by Joe Mantello, started previews on April 5 and officially opens on April 24.

In it, Midler plays the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, known for her fiery personality and sledgehammer wit. She hobnobbed with such heavyweights as Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, and David Geffen. She was a notorious chain smoker, as well as a smoker of other substances (“The hardest part will probably be acting like I’m high,” Midler told The New York Times.) Read More

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Bette Midler Regrets Not Taking More Chances In Film Roles (New Interview)

Daily Actor
Bette Midler: “I just took what the studios gave me, didn’t do my homework and avoided roles that would risk my image”
April 11, 2013 by Erin Konrad

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Bette Midler spent most of her career creating the persona of “The Divine Miss M.” But looking back, the actress regrets not taking more chances.

“My husband calls it winging it—the way I just took what the studios gave me, didn’t do my homework and avoided roles that would risk my image,” she said in an interview with The New York Times. “As an actor you’re supposed to take jobs that will challenge you or force fans to see you in a different light. By the ‘90s I wasn’t really an actor anymore. I was someone who went on the road with these gigantic concerts. I got so far away from what they told you in acting class: Do something different. Producers kept offering me the Sister Act movie, but I said, ‘My fans don’t want to see me in a wimple.’ I literally said, ‘My fans don’t want to see me in a wimple.’” Read More

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New “Beaches” Musical May Not Use Songs From The Movie…

The New York Times
‘Beaches’ Musical Finds a Home
By ERIK PIEPENBURG
March 6, 2013

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Artwork for the musical adaptation of the film “Beaches,” part of the 2013-14 season at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Va.

The wind beneath the wings of the musical adaptation of the film “Beaches” has landed the show a home. This week the Signature Theater in Arlington, Va., announced that it will produce the show as part of its 2013-14 season. Eric Schaeffer, Signature’s artistic director, will direct the production, which has been talked about for a Broadway run. Casting is still to be announced. Read More

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