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Friday, November 4, 2016

BetteBack January 30, 1974: Bette Midler And Paul Simon Rebuffed At Restaurant

Bucks County Courier January 30, 1974 2016-08-15_3-10-24 Bette Midler and Paul Simon (formerly of Simon and Garfunkel) were tamed away at Raffles because several members of their party didn’t have neckties.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

BetteBack May 17, 2010: Another Loosely Translated Article…Gets A Little Politically Charged…Showgirl Period

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Reminder: For Bette Midler’s 70th Birthday Celebration Project!

For Bette Midler’s 70th Birthday Celebration Project 1913898_321893470091_4792895_n This is a great group and I’ve worked with them in the past. I highly encourage you to get involved with this wonderful project: Hello fellow Bette fans! I’m organizing a gift for Bette from the fans and it’s definitely something you want to be a part of. All info is on the page below. It’s called Books For Bette headed by Ms. Stella Stensel. For Information: Click Here Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Don
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Concert Review: The Divine Miss M Exceeds Expectations!

Musical Theater Review Bette Midler – Divine Intervention Tour – The O2 Arena, London By Lisa Martland Sunday, 19 July, 2015 in Onstage, Review 11349201_1053600204665138_303310080_n After admiring an artist for decades, there is always the prospect of disappointment when one finally gets the opportunity to see them in action. Thank you then to The Divine Miss M for not just living up to expectations, but exceeding them. Proof, perhaps, that the best things come in small packages. In an unorthodox move, the five stars above are for Midler’s inspiring performance and the first class work from her accompanying backing singers and musicians led by MD Morris ‘Mo’ Pleasure (some of the gags and lyrics specially written to amuse the London audience do not deserve the same kind of perfect score). Unlike the recent Idina Menzel concert tour seen in the UK, this show’s visual design doesn’t just take account of those sitting in the first few rows, but strives to involve everyone lucky enough to have a ticket in the vast O2 arena. From the very start, when the hurricane that is Midler’s Divine Intervention storms into the venue, the projection and lighting designers ensure the show is a colourful and atmospheric feast for the eyes (credit to scenic designer Michael Cotten, video and projection designer Olivier Goulet and lighting designer Peter Morse). So often the terms ‘legend’ and ‘icon’ are bandied about, but it is hard to avoid them when this unique actress, singer and comedienne is in action. “The people’s goddess is in the house,” Midler exclaims, before asking what she describe as the most important question of all: “Don’t I look fabulous?” (And whether wearing a pink mini-dress or stunning red sequined number, she does indeed – the legs are still to die for). “I’m like vodka,” she remarks, “ageless, odourless and tasteless…” I suppose the kind of gags, told by Midler’s popular character Soph (inspired by Sophie Tucker) during the Canary Club skit, might fall into the latter category, but they are also laugh-out-loud funny. This is when Midler’s great comic timing is at the fore. [Fans will also be sad to bid farewell to infamous mermaid Delores DeLago who appears to have retired from showbusiness]. Elsewhere, despite Midler’s prowess as a comedienne, the efforts to connect with the London crowd fall a little flat. These include images of the performer in flagrante with everyone from Jeremy Clarkson to Margaret Thatcher; a special version of ‘I Put a Spell On You’ delivered in full costume as Winifred Sanderson from the 1993 comedy fantasy movie Hocus Pocus; and an odd Benny Hill reference thanks to a tap dancing egg. The show’s writers may have thought these set-ups would work but they seem pretty contrived. But such quibbles pale into insignificance when it comes to the quality of Midler’s vocals and storytelling through song. In upbeat numbers like ‘I’ve Still Got My Health’ (a personal favourite of mine) and a selection of tracks from her recent album It’s the Girls (the harmonising on ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schon’ is a rare treat), there is no let-up in the energy with which this true professional approaches her craft. Indeed, here, the slick direction and choreography has to be praised highly (co-director and choreographer is Toni Basil), with all those onstage (including the excellent trio of female backing singers, The Staggering Harlettes – Kyra DaCosta, Nicolette Hart, Carol Hatchett) so confident with the material that they can relax, entertain and have the best of times. Best of all though within a well-balanced programme are the ballads everyone is waiting for: ‘The Rose’, ‘From a Distance’, ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most’, an intensely emotional ‘Stay With Me’, and a truly touching ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’, dedicated to everyone in the audience. The feelings these melodies evoke are the ones that stay with you well beyond the journey home. To connect with an audience in this barn of a venue, and make them laugh and cry in equal measure is quite an accomplishment. At nearly 70 years of age, Midler jokes about her age and that of her fans, but she remains a unique presence in the showbiz world. Sexy, sassy, sincere and always Divine. Lisa Martland NB: Musical theatre fans will be interested that two original songs in the show – ‘Divine Intervention’ and ‘A Bird in the Hand’ – have been written by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Bette Midler. Wittman is also the production’s creative consultant. Hollywood icon Bette Midler vows to save the day for drag queen left heartbroken when a thief stole a ukulele Your pictures and tweets on Bette Midler in Birmingham Bette Midler 2015 tour: the Divine Miss M returning to London for first tour in 35 years

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