Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bette Midler and Carole Bayer Sager Set for 92Y Talk

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Bette Midler and Carole Bayer Sager Set for 92Y Talk
BY ADAM HETRICK
AUG 30, 2016

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Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Bette Midler, who will star in the upcoming Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, will appear at the 92Y October 17 in a special 7 PM conversation with Oscar and Grammy winner Carole Bayer Sager.

Sager, who co-wrote such songs as “Nobody Does It Better,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and the Broadway musical They’re Playing Our Song, has recently completed her memoir, also titled They’re Playing Our Song, which hits stores October 18.

The 92Y event promises a look back at Sager’s life and career.

Midler will star as Dolly Levi in the Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!, which will begin Broadway previews March 15 at the Shubert Theatre.

Tickets for the 92Y conversation are priced $105. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Bette Midler On Her Funny Lady Image:

Bette Midler On Her Funny Lady Image: “I’ll keep that. I think it’s important. I love to laugh. I need it. If I don’t laugh at least once a day, I’m a dead chicken. It’s good for people to laugh at themselves and laugh at what’s going on around them. Otherwise, you might just as well throw in the big cookie.” (Eugene Register-Guard – Nov 19, 1977)

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Bette Midler – Night And Day

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BetteBack January 17, 1997: Miss M is Divine in Las Vegas

Santa Ana Orange County Register
January 17, 1997

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That Bette Midler!

One minute, she gets down and dirty in a bawdy burlesque number, next, she spouts obscenity-spiked jokes, then she blossoms into a glamorous diva belting out spine-tingling ballads.

All sides of the Divine One’s stage persona can be seen in “Diva Las Vegas,” a two-hour concert airing Saturday on HBO.

It’s definitely not the frumpy Bette you saw in “The First Wives Club.”

She’s a slimmed-down, outright babe, and she won’t let you forget it. Her second song is “I Look Good,” and she repeatedly asks the audience, “Don’t I look good?” as she struts across the stage in strappy black wheels, skin-tight black pants and a glittering
black top beneath a mop of blond ringlets.

Such an attitude, though, is to be expected from the irrepressible Midler.

With her backup singers and dancers, the Harlettes, Midler puts on a supercharged production, her first full-length TV concert since 1984. She even slips into a mermaid outfit to revive her outrageous Delores DeLago character, who literally flops around onstage during several songs.

The concert’s high point, though, is more understated. It comes near the end, when Midler dons a floor-length brown gown, swoops up her hair for a classy twist and belts out the ballads “From a Distance,” “To Comfort You,” “Stay With Me” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

In a pre-concert interview, Midler, 51, said the performance would be the last of her big-production shows.

“I can’t do it anymore. I can’t take it anywhere,” she said. I can’t take it overseas because it’s too cost prohibitive.”

She left open the possibility of touring with a smaller entourage.

“I’d like to pare it ail down and have a small group just to sort of get to Japan. I’ve had a 30-year career, and I’ve never played Japan!” she said.

Midler is among a handful of entertainers who can claim success in virtually every arena — television, film, stage, music and standup comedy. But it’s singing before a live audience, she said, that is her first love.

“That’s where I started my professional life and what I enjoy the most because it’s my, you know?” she said. “I don’t have to worry about someone else’s ideas being superimposed on me.

“It’s my expression and my art. And sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it’s not so great, but at least I’m not at the mercy of someone else’s taste. I’m at the mercy of my own taste and my own intellect.”

With 16 cameras pointed at the stage, the concert was taped Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the city’s famed Strip.

It was produced and directed by Marty Callner, best known for those Aerosmith music videos featuring Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler.

“When you work with someone like this,” a beaming Callner said after the concert, “she was so into it. Not for the money. There were no egos. We just wanted to do something great.”

Callner accompanied Midler for a couple of months on a nationwide tour so they could hammer out choreography and fine-tune the performance for the HBO special.

Of all the cities they could have chosen for the show, why Vegas ?

“I love Las Vegas. I love it!” Midler bellowed. “It’s a great city. It’s so silly. I have two minds about it. On the one hand, I’m appalled, and, on the other hand, I’m just like, ‘Oh, so what. There it is. Go ahead and enjoy it. Don’t make a big deal about it.’ ”

By going to Vegas, she also could use that great name “Diva Las Vegas,” a play on Elvis Presley’s movie “Viva Las Vegas.”

Plus, Midler has fond memories of the city of Lost Wages. She was married there to Martin von Haselberg by an Elvis impersonator.

Midler shows no signs of fatigue after a long day of photo shoots and interviews. Wearing a mismatched outfit of a leopard-print jacket and black-and-white checkered pants, she leans back on a couch, stroking her 11-year old daughter’s white jack terrier, Queen Puddles.

She’s not one to just discuss career. She loves girl talk, too.

“Blond is so great if you’re old.

There’s nothing like blond to keep your spirits up. Really. It just cheers you up to be a blonde,” she says. “Red doesn’t last. People thought I was a real redhead. I was never a real anything.”

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1983 – Hour Magazine – Saga Of Baby Divine – Bette Midler

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Bette Midler On Her Association With Campiness:

Bette Midler On Her Association With Campiness: “It didn’t hurt me. I don’t think anything can hurt you, except maybe being a Communist.” (Eugene Register-Guard – Nov 19, 1977)

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The First Wives Club Trailer Recut As A Thriller! LOL

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BetteBack October 17, 1973: How’s She Doing? Great, You Bette!

Wisconsin State Journal
October 17, 1973

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The reigning resident kook of showbiz, Bette Midler, unloosed her own outrageous, schizophrenic self on more than 4,500 appreciative fans Wednesday night in the Dane County Coliseum and gave each more than an inkling of why she is coming on strong as the 1970s high priestess of super-camp.

From the opening shimmy out onto the stage, decked out in frizzled hair, pink ostrich fan, black-and-white slack suit, big red rose in the décolletage, and something like a yellow bird in her hair, singing her theme “You Gotta Have Friends,” she was every bit The Divine Miss M.

This 5-foot-l bundle of unharnessed energy did just about everything imaginable in belting out four decades of pop music, filling in with conversational continuity that ranged from real raunchy humor to sentimentalities, from hard satire to her strength as an able mimic, from drag queen status to the look of a Yiddish mama, and masking it all with an emotional, constant attempt to be entertaining and appealing to all people.

“I’m the last of the truly tacky women,” she shouted, and then turned into an upbeat Helen
Reddy version of “Delta Dawn.”

“My next song is a semi-gross-out,” so she warbled eight bars of special material labeled “Bad Sex,” then kidded American Bandstand with her low-rent retro rock ‘n roll version of “Uptown,” and moved to the “hubba-hubba” section to put words to the 1940s “In the ‘Mood” (I never knew it had words!).

Changing musical gears over a few witty but X-rated comments, she did “Am I Blue” in great torchy style and phrasing, swung to the 1960s again in “Do You Want to Dance?,” chiding the entire audience when it didn’t join in the requested “aaahhhh” sound as “mmeeediooooker . . . now let’s sing it out this time for Tinkerbell” and they let her
know there were 4,500 in the seats.

In fox furs, sequin gown, and feathered boa, she tackled “Lullaby of Broadway” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” with the help of three backup vocalists, the Harlettes, in the rousing style that most fans have become familiar with.

But just as effectively, another Bette Midler sang a poignant “Hello in There” in a voice that was now bending a little hoarse from wear.

Strutting, prancing, turning a vamping glance over a shoulder, kicking and shouting, she ended it all with “Leader of the Pack” and the show closing “Friends” again, as an entire audience stood and some waved their satisfied salute to the self-proclaimed “trash with flash, sleaze with ease,” performer who had more than enough rapport with the multitudes.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Bette Midler On What She’d Really Like To Do After The Rose:

Bette Midler On What She’d Really Like To Do After The Rose: “I really want to do a technicolor musical comedy – a great big, old fashioned musical comedy. The kind they don’t seem to know how to make anymore. I see them on TV and I still go to the theaters that still show them. They drive me mad – they’re so full of light and color and sound and people acting happy. (Eugene Register-Guard – Nov 19, 1977)

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Bette Midler – One For My Baby – Johnny Carson Show

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