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Monday, November 5, 2018

Herbie leaves Rose – Gypsy (1993) HD + Small World Redux – Video

Herbie leaves Rose - Gypsy (1993) HD + Small Word Redux

SMALL WORLD - Bette Midler From the Broadway Musical "Gypsy" (1959) (Music: Jule Styne / Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim)

Funny, you're a stranger who's come here Come from another town Funny, I'm a stranger myself here Small world, isn't it? Funny, you're a girl who goes trav'lin' Rather than settlin' down Funny, 'cause I'd love to go trav'lin' Small world, isn't it? We have so much in common It's a phenomenon We could pool our resources By joining forces from now on Lucky, you're a girl who likes children That's an important sign Lucky, 'cause I'd love to have children Small world, isn't it? Funny, isn't it? Small and funny and fine (bridge) Lucky, 'cause I'd love to have children Small world, isn't it? Funny, isn't it? Small and funny and fine
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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category – Bette Midler Proves It In One Segment

The Washington Post
The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category
By Dan Zak
March 2 at 1:42 PM

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Phil Collins grasps his Oscar in 2000; Robin Williams performs “Blame Canada” the same year; Mariah Carey, left, and Whitney Houston perform “When You Believe” in 1999; and, from left, Peter Allen, Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager claim their shared prize in 1982. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images; Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images; Clary/AFP/Getty Images; ABC/Getty Images)

Remember when Ann Reinking lip-synced — and danced to — “Against All Odds,” the No. 1 hit by Phil Collins from the movie of the same name, at the Academy Awards in 1985? No?

It was nearly five minutes of theatrical fog, odd lunges and wide-eyed emoting, and Collins had to watch the slow-motion oddity from his seat. The academy wanted a “variety” of entertainers to perform the nominees for best original song, so it didn’t enlist the English rocker, then at the peak of his career. Read More

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bernadette Peters: The Broadway legend on her Hollywood problem, using theater as therapy, and replacing Bette Midler

Vulture
The Broadway legend on her Hollywood problem, using theater as therapy, and replacing Bette Midler
By David Marches
February 5, 2018

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Since coming to theatrical prominence in the mid-’70s and attaining even shinier status the following decade (thanks largely to her work in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George), Bernadette Peters has occupied an unusual dual position. She’s both a very particular type — a bona fide Broadway star, one of the few remaining — and in her warmth, humor, and vulnerability, utterly unique as a performer. “I understand that other people might see something special in what I do,” says Peters, dressed all in black, her famous red curls flowing over shoulder, and speaking (graciously, cautiously) from a meeting room in her publicist’s office in midtown Manhattan, “but I don’t think I’m the one who can say what that is.” Read More

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

David Rooney: The Best New York Theater of 2017

The Hollywood Reporter
David Rooney: The Best New York Theater of 2017
12/13/2017 by David Rooney

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Joan Marcus

Every major production of an August Wilson work is a stinging reminder of the loss of one of American drama’s most uniquely resonant voices. But this belated Broadway debut of the play that launched his magnificent 10-part chronicle of African-American experience in the 20th century — directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson with penetrating emotional depth and irrepressible humor — was something extraordinary. Gritty and lyrical, joyful and sorrowful, the play examines black struggle through the prism of a Pittsburgh gypsy-cab company in 1977, its denizens portrayed here by a peerless ensemble that found music in every note. Read More

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

‘Diva Whisperer’ Richard Jay-Alexander opens conversation series in Miami Beach

South Florida
‘Diva Whisperer’ Richard Jay-Alexander opens conversation series in Miami Beach
By Rod Stafford Hagwood
October 25, 2017

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Theater director, producer and all-around impresario Richard Jay-Alexander has worked with showbiz legends Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters.

“They call me the Diva Whisperer in social media,” Jay-Alexander, 64, says from his home in Miami Beach. “I look at the roster of stars, and I guess I understand it.” Read More

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

‘Sunday in the Park With George’ 2017 Broadway cast recording: Jake Gyllenhaal enters Grammy contest against Bette Midler, Ben Platt

Gold Derby
Sunday in the Park With George’ 2017 Broadway cast recording: Jake Gyllenhaal enters Grammy contest against Bette Midler, Ben Platt
David Buchanan
Music Sep 25, 2017 11:00 am

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Jake Gyllenhaal may have missed out on a chance to win a Tony Award for his performance in the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece musical “Sunday in the Park With George” (the producers decided to withdraw the production from Tony consideration), but he will have a chance to add a Grammy Award to his mantle for his performance. The 2017 Broadway Cast Recording of the production received a digital release on Sept. 22, just eight days before the eligibility cut-off for the 2018 Grammys. Read More

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Friday, December 30, 2016

7 Diva Performances Not to Miss in 2017

Playbill
7 Diva Performances Not to Miss in 2017
BY ANDREW GANS
DEC 30, 2016

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If the first half of the 2016-2017 Broadway musical season focused the spotlight more on the men—Josh Groban’s soaring vocals in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells’ heartfelt performances as Marvin and Whizzer in the revival of Falsettos;and the superbly gifted Ben Platt, whose performance in the title role of Dear Evan Hansen may have raised the bar even higher for male musical theatre actors—it is the women who seem poised to steal the limelight in the second half. In fact, following memorable fall performances by Rachel Bay Jones, Stephanie J. Block, and Denée Benton, there are seven major talents heading to The Great White Way in the New Year who, simply, should not be missed. These artists, arranged in chronological order by their show’s first preview dates, follow: Read More

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Get Ready for Bette Midler on Broadway: The Top Theatre Tickets for 2017

The Saily Beast
Get Ready for Bette Midler on Broadway: The Top Theatre Tickets for 2017
By Janice Kaplan
12.25.16 7:30 PM ET

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The fall theater season was an appropriate culmination of the Obama era, with an unusual number of innovative, intelligent, and thoughtful shows.

As a new administration comes in, the new season appears to have a lot of pomp and glitz—and we have yet to find out how much substance.

THE OLD SONG AND DANCE

The fall brought new musicals like the wildly original Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 and the brilliantly creative Dear Evan Hansen. Read More

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

8 of the biggest Broadway shows playing in 2017 that look too good to miss

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8 of the biggest Broadway shows playing in 2017 that look too good to miss
By Carey Purcell
December 14, 2016

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If your New Year’s resolutions involve bringing more culture into your life — or if you haven’t bought a special someone a holiday gift yet — then a pair of theater tickets are just the thing. Yes, Hamilton is still sold out for months into the future, but it’s far from the only show on Broadway. The spring season includes everything from revivals of hit shows from the 1990s and exciting new productions with some Hollywood stars returning to their theater roots. Read More

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Broadway.com Challenge! Rank Your Top 10 Favorite Roses in Gypsy (Let’s Make Bette Number One!)

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The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.

Here she is, boys! Here she is, world! Now the question is: which one is your favorite? Gypsy opened on May 21,1959 at the Broadway Theatre, and 57 years later, there have been five Main Stem revivals, two film adaptations (three if you count the taped West End revival) and the possibility of a third starring Barbra Streisand. Audiences still beg Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne’s tuner to entertain them, and that is in part due to the brassy, bossy, bombastic role of Rose. Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Patti LuPone have taken home Tonys for playing the iconic character, and Imelda Staunton nabbed an Olivier Award for leading 2015’s West End revival. Rosalind Russell and Bette Midler have portrayed her onscreen, and of course, we cannot forget Ethel Merman’s original take on the relentlessly ambitious stage mother. So which Rose performance can you truly never get away from? Everything’s coming up Roses, and Broadway.com News Reporter Ryan McPhee kicked off this challenge with his top 10! Read More

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