Saturday, July 22, 2017

1991 Bette Midler – For The Boys – Entertainment Tonight

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Bette Midler – Hello Dolly! Doll by CyGuyDolls

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“I’ve never been to a sex orgy in my entire life. Studio 54 was way worse than the baths.” – Bette Midler

“I’ve never been to a sex orgy in my entire life. Studio 54 was way worse than the baths.” – Bette Midler

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Bette Midler – When A Man Loves A Woman – Kiss My Brass – 2004

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HELLO, DOLLY! Understudy Linda Mugleston Made Her Dolly Gallagher Levi Debut At Wednesday’s Matinee

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HELLO, DOLLY! Understudy Linda Mugleston Made Her Dolly Gallagher Levi Debut Yesterday!\
by BWW News Desk Jul. 20, 2017

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BroadwayWorld has just confirmed that Linda Mugleston made her debut as Dolly Gallagher Levi yesterday afternoon in Hello, Dolly! Mugleston understudies the role and was filling in for Tony winner Bette Midler for the Wednesday matinee performance. Midler was indeed back on for the evening performance.

Ticket holders who came to see Midler were offered a refund for their tickets at the box office.

Mugleston’s Broadway credits include: Beautiful; On the Twentieth Century; Cinderella; Anything Goes; Young Frankenstein; Wonderful Town; Nine; Into the Woods; Kiss Me, Kate; On the Town. Off-Broadway/regional: Sweeney Todd (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall); The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall); Sunset Boulevard (Portland Center Stage).

This new production of Hello, Dolly!, the first new production of this classic musical to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, will pay tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s farce The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! caused an instant sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1964, starring Carol Channing in the title role. It went on to win a record-shattering ten Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Producer of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, and Best Costume Design. It was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. Its original Broadway cast recording hit the top of the Billboard album chart, and years later was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It also marked the greatest producing triumph of legendary impresario David Merrick, running for 2,844 performances over seven years and breaking the record for the longest running show in Broadway history. In addition to Ms. Channing, an astonishing list of Broadway and Hollywood luminaries have inhabited the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, including Pearl Bailey, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman (in her last appearance on Broadway), and Mary Martin, who led the West End company.

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I was riveting. Yes, it was a place where gay men met and had sex. I didn’t see that. Someone sent me a picture showing me in a 1930s costume with my hair pulled back and all these cute young men in bathrobes watching me.

“I was riveting. Yes, it was a place where gay men met and had sex. I didn’t see that. Someone sent me a picture showing me in a 1930s costume with my hair pulled back and all these cute young men in bathrobes watching me. It seemed very innocent. I would stand at the top of a little staircase with a towel round my head and act out whacked-out movie heroines. Patti LaBelle played there, too. I wasn’t there long, but I was there long enough to make a splash, ha-ha.” – Bette Midler

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Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: Rainbow Sleeve – Divine Madness

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Trudie Styler Explains The Message Behind Her New Queer Teen Movie Featuring A Cameo By Bette Midler

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Trudie Styler Explains The Message Behind Her New Queer Teen Movie Featuring A Cameo By Bette Midler
By Curtis M. Wong
07/20/2017

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“Freak Show,” which could be the first queer-themed movie for young adults to be set in a time that feels like Trump’s America, fell into director Trudie Styler’s lap almost by accident.

Based on James St. James’s novel of the same name, “Freak Show” follows Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a quirky teen who describes himself as a “trans-visionary gender obliviator.” Family matters soon force Billy to transfer to a new, more conservative high school, where he’s relentlessly bullied and even attacked for his love of drag and dramatics. With the help of a friendly football jock (Ian Nelson), Billy decides to stand up to his tormenters by campaigning against a popular, Bible-thumping cheerleader (Abigail Breslin) for homecoming queen. (Catch a sneak peek at the movie, which is slated for a 2018 release, in the clip above.)

Styler is making her directorial debut with the film, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and was a closing night presentation at the 2017 Outfest in Los Angeles on Saturday. The actress and film producer, who is married to rock singer Sting, told HuffPost she connected with Billy’s story instantly, and jumped at the chance to tackle the project after an earlier director left the project, citing scheduling concerns.

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From left, Styler and stars Alex Lawther and Ian Nelson. “There’s an ancient soul there – a philosopher of some intellect,” Styler said of Lawther. 

“I asked the producers if they’d consider me taking it on, as I’d done a lot of the homework already,” she said. Having served as an executive producer on Guy Ritchie’s “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and Duncan Jones’s “Moon,” Styler was “used to getting the job done,” particularly when it came to working with emerging talents. “It just felt organic,” she said.

Critical to the success of the film was the central role of Billy. Best known for playing a young Alan Turing in 2014’s “The Imitation Game,” Lawther was selected from a pool of about 100 actors and was Styler’s only choice for the role. “I thought, ‘Shit, if I don’t do this right, we are really, really screwed.’ We wouldn’t have a movie,” she recalled. “But within 10 minutes of meeting Alex, I knew we’d found Billy.” The actor also inspired a throwback take on the eccentric character; Lawther’s Billy references Boy George, “Pulp Fiction” and even Oscar Wilde. “There’s an ancient soul there – a philosopher of some intellect,” Styler said.

Though filming wrapped almost a year before President Donald Trump entered the White House, Styler said she and screenwriters Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio were refining the “Freak Show” script right up to the final days on the set. As a result, a number of recurring Trump-isms ? including the campaign catchphrase “Make America great again” ? found their way into the film, and now feel eerily prophetic when referenced through Breslin’s mean girl character.

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“There’s so much work to be done in the community to further the right of people to be the people they want to be and express themselves in whatever way is appropriate for them,” Styler said of “Freak Show.” 

For the small, but significant, role of Billy’s mother, Styler recruited her pal Bette Midler, whose longtime support of LGBTQ rights and gender equality aligned with the film’s message. Though Midler had been absent from the big screen since 2012’s “Parental Guidance,” Styler said working with her was, well, divine.

“I’ve known Bette for many years. I’ve admired her hugely for all of her talents – her singing, her dancing, her acting – but also for the political animal that she is,” Styler said. “She’s fearless, courageous and a consummate pro, so I knew she wouldn’t hold back.”

The director had similar praise for Laverne Cox, who turns in a memorable cameo as a local news reporter covering the homecoming queen campaign. “I admire her hugely as an actress,” Styler said.

Ultimately, Styler hopes viewers from all walks of life, and both sides of the political aisle, found merit in the message of “Freak Show,” which is about “being allowed to be the person that you are.”

Acknowledging that “there’s a knowingness to the film,” she said, “There’s so much work to be done in the community to further the right of people to be the people they want to be and express themselves in whatever way is appropriate for them.”

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Ready For My Close Up!!!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Bette Midler – Scenes From A Mall Interview – Good Morning America

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