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Friday, February 8, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – Waterfalls – Jimmy Fallon – 2014

Bette Midler - Waterfalls

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bette Midler’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ crew got sick backstage

Page Six Bette Midler’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ crew got sick backstage By Ian Mohr March 16, 2017 2016_public_theater_gala At the first preview of “Hello, Dolly!” fans were kvelling and Bette Midler received four standing ovations — but backstage members of the production got a sickness bug, and rumors spread along the Great White Way that the cast had come down with food poisoning. “There was buzz that people in the cast were sickened by some cookies brought backstage by the show’s David Hyde Pierce,” said a theater source, who added, “Half the cast were throwing up offstage and running to the bathroom whenever they weren’t onstage.” But a show insider countered, “He did give the cast cookies, but they did not cause anyone to get sick. There was one person backstage with a tummy bug.” Either way, any nauseous stars in the show have time to recover: Opening night is April 20 at the Shubert Theatre, and the production already has a $40 million advance. In fact, that take is so big, Page Six has exclusively learned that Midler won’t be doing any press for the show. “She won’t be doing ‘The View,’ ‘The Tonight Show,’ nothing,” said a theater source. “If you want to see Bette perform, you have to pay to buy a ticket.” The production did release one still from the show on Tuesday. Another source said, “They have the luxury” of not doing press, and pointed to a similar policy with another Scott Rudin-produced hit, “The Book of Mormon.” Meanwhile, one superfan at the first preview commented online that he was “on the verge of tears” during the revival and it was all “too much for my poor little gay heart to handle.”
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BetteBack October 1, 1973: Flashy, Trashy and Infectious Miss M.

San Mateo Times October 1, 1973 2016-08-26_6-36-55 In this crazy rock ‘n roll world where superstars streak into prominence with the alacrity of unnatural phenomena and instantly develop a cult following that worships with unquestioning fervor, Bette Midler is being acclaimed the High Priestess of Camp. She makes the kookiness of early career Barbra Streisand look pristine, the grossness and vulgarity of Belle Earth and Sophie Tucker seem tame and the frenzied on-stage antics of Janis Joplin and Jerry Lewis appear understated. It was only her third appearance in the Bay Area and her four night stint at Berkeley Community Theater was a solid sellout. I can’t remember when I’ve seen such a charged up performance. It’s almost too much to bear. Words like dynamic and electric don’t adequately describe the possessed emotional pitch with which this pint sized redhead from Hawaii (she looks a little like Harpo Marx with carrot colored fuzzed up mop of hair) screams and rants through a two-hour show. It’s not as bizarre as some pop star acts but funky, blue, low down and marvelously campy. She’s singer, actress, impersonator and personality plus, not giving a damn whether she finishes a story or a song, shouting out the most outrageous things to turn on her well stoned audience and lavishing the adulation she gets with every one of the dozen or more standing ovations throughout the evening. The more they respond, the wilder she gets. Her repartee is as bawdy as her repertoire which ranges from songs of the thirties, forties, fifties and sixties. She describes her act as “gaar-baghe” and introduces her female trio. The Harlettes as “three trashy waitresses from Encino” … and plays it up to the hilt. They’re a motley looking crew, Bette first in black slacks, striped blouse, pink rose at the waist and later in pink sequin forties formal, sweetheart neckline, puff sleeves, slit up to the belly button with a ratty looking silver fox and green, orange, yellow and blue feather boa draped around her short frame. Her trio poses and postures in the style of the Andrew Sisters, hands on hips, heads turned snobbishly in an upward tilt, bumping and grinding in unison, sometimes shoving each other away from the microphone. They change into pink sequin gingham maid’s uniforms (complete with sequin caps) that first jerk open to form a dazzling red, white and blue sequin American flag and later rip off to reveal them in sexy satin underslips edged in black lace and bearing a sequin playing card emblem. You’ll have to admit, that’s going some to create a surprise effect, which is what happens every five minutes of the raucous, madhouse of a show. Nothing is sacred on The Divine Miss M‘s lips. Her description of what “Hubba Hubba” means can’t be printed here, she titles one segment her Philadelphia medley because “it reeks,” and claims to be on an exhausting 272 days tour, “Martha Raye would give her eye teeth and a box of poppers for a tour like ours.” She caters mainly to the gay crowd with “in references” only they seem to get like “I just love those sleezy bars where they play Wayne Newton on the juke box” and after announcing she’ll sing one of Karen Carpenter’s “greatest hits” says something a teensy bit filthy about her drum playing. By the time the show has ended, she’s involved the audi«hce in a sing-a-long, insulted almost everyone, forgotten the words to a song, joked with the musicians with her back to the audience, flung herself across the stage in leaps and bounds, shaking every moveable part of her body, blown your ear drums out in Janis Joplin-like flamboyance with a vocal of the Glenn Miller hit, “In the Mood.” the rock ‘n roll orgy “Leader of the Pack,” dropping into deep knee bends in simulation of a motorcycle rider, raised the roof of the theater on “Higher and Higher,” and flattened her over-wrought audience with a stunning and poignant rendition of “Am I Blue.” BetteBack October 1, 1973: Flashy, Trashy and Infectious Miss M Midler’s Almost-Forgotten Debut Album Still Remains A Classic Of The ’70s Nostalgia/Camp Boom 10 Pop Divas Who Rocked It On Film (Or Tried) BetteBack June 30, 1972: Singer From The Tubs’ Hits Nightclub Circuit (Interview) | BootLeg Betty

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

BetteBack August 28, 1973: What Is Bette Midler Doing Now?

Daily Journal August 28, 1973 CC014 Q: Where’s that divine Bette Midler these days? I saw her on TV a few times, but nothing new lately.—P.W., Savannah A: The divine Miss M. sings the theme song “Friends” in the new hit film, “The Last of Sheila.” She is busy now making an album with material ranging from “Higher to Higher” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Three ABCTV specials are scheduled beginning next March. Midler is also preparing for u 30-stop tour opening at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, III., on August 28 amd ending in Philadelphia on Nov. 28. She was to play a Broadway role as a girl who tries to transform herself into Barbra Streisand, but her manager nixed this. Bette is struggling over which direction her career should take. She doesn’t want to be a “freak attraction.”

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