Monthly Archives: August 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Charlo Ain’t Going Nowhere – Except UP!

Just a glimpse of Charlo in the studio with me as we begin our DREAMGIRLS DANCE PROJECT. Charlo tells the story of how she first reacted to Dreamgirls when she was a Harlette in New York with Bette Midler.

Charlotte Crossley starts off Rick Gianatos’s DREAMGIRLS DANCE PROJECT with her interpretation of the Act I showstopper. Background vocals are directed by Pam Vincent, and the BG vocalists are Pam, her sister Joyce Vincent [both formerly of Dawn], and Trina Lykes.

This Particular Album Gathers Together Key Members of Renowned Female Groups of the 1960s, Including Scherrie Payne, Lynda Lawrence and Cindy Birdswong of the Supremes, Hodges James and Smith, Merry Clayton, Together with the Likes of James Gilstrap, to Produce a Stunning Album of Dance Interpretations of the Best Known Tracks from the Musical. Assembled by Rick Gianatos, this Promises to Be a Big Success Alongside the Original Soundtrack. Read More

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Soundtrack: “The Women”

For those who are interested, the soundtrack for “The Women” is being released September 12, 2008. No, Bette doesn’t have a song on the damn thing, but there are some interesting artists gathered for the event:

1. Count on Me – Lucy Schwartz (end credits)
2. Happiness – Goldfrapp
3. The Races – The Bird and The Bee
4. I’ll Cry For The Both Of Us – Jessie Baylin
5. Everything Good – Ruby James
6. I Feel It All – Feist
7. Womankind – Annie Lennox
8. Someday Soon – KT Tunstall
9. After the Rain – Little Dragon
10. Money Can’t Buy It – Annie Lennox
11. Beautiful – Lucy Schwartz (opening credits)
12. It’s a Boy – Mark Isham Read More

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Charlo Crossley Heading For “Hairspray” On Broadway!

Playbill.com
Crossley, Rousouli, Loprest on Deck for Broadway’s Hairspray
By Kenneth Jones
August 29, 2008

Broadway’s Hairspray will get a spritz of new talent in the month of September. Charlotte Crossley will take over the role of Motormouth Maybelle Sept. 2, Constantine Rousouli will join as Link Larkin Sept. 16, and Kate Loprest will play Amber starting Sept. 19.

The hit musical based on the John Waters film comedy won the Best Musical Tony Award in 2003. It plays the Neil Simon Theatre.

Crossley is a former member of the Harlettes, Bette Midler’s legendary back-up group. Crossley started with Miss M in 1973 after stints in Hair and the original Broadway cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. The Harlettes (FTH) had their own album on Columbia, now on ebay and in rare record shops. In Hollywood she appeared in the “Sister Act” movies and on the Oscars (helping Robin Williams in “Blame Canada”). Crossley has recorded with Barry Manilow, Luther Vandross and a galaxy of divas. Most recent Broadway credit is The Color Purple (Church Lady/Doris). She won the 2005 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress (Hairspray first national tour).

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

In Hollywood “The Women” Still Fight A Man’s World


Entertainment Weekly
Fall Movie Preview
‘The Women’: 14 Years in Hollywood’s No Man’s Land
One movie! One zillion actresses! Inside director Diane English’s long, tortured trip to bring her remake of a 1939 classic all-gal comedy to the silver screen
By Missy Schwartz

Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. Fifteen years ago, no two actresses in Hollywood had greater pull. They were bankable powerhouses capable of generating $100 million-plus at the box office. They collected paychecks upwards of $8 million per role, among the highest in town. And in 1994 they decided to test their strength as a duo, signing on to co-produce and costar in New Line’s remake of The Women, the classic all-gal comedy about betrayed wives and backstabbing friends, directed in 1939 by George Cukor. Diane English, the Emmy-winning creator of CBS’ Murphy Brown, would update the script. James L. Brooks, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker, would direct. It was a mid-’90s dream team of talent that also included Blythe Danner, Candice Bergen, and Marisa Tomei, whose career was on the rise following her 1993 Oscar win for My Cousin Vinny. When they all piled into a conference room on the Sony Pictures lot one day in 1996 for the first table reading, the result was ”amazing,” says Ryan. ”To be funny in a read-through is really hard, and those women were great.” Adds English: ”There was a point where Julia squeezed my knee under the table because she was getting laughs — big laughs. You could see she was having a blast.” By the time they reached the last page of the script, everyone was pumped up, sensing they had a potential hit on their hands. According to English, the overall feeling was, ”Let’s go! Full steam ahead!”

Unfortunately, the ship hit the rocks, and The Women fell apart. The agonizing experience that followed stretched over more than a decade, and involved innumerable script revisions and what seemed like the entire female membership of SAG. Only English remained fully committed the entire time, determined to prove that a movie with an all-woman cast wouldn’t be roadkill at the box office. ”I got plenty discouraged,” says English. ”People would say, ‘Just let go. It’ll never get made.’ When I heard the words can’t be done, it became a mission. I think that’s what it takes for some of these films, just one idiot who sticks with it for the whole duration, refusing to back down.”

Now, all these years later, she’s about to find out if her doggedness has paid off. On Sept. 12, Picturehouse will release The Women, a $16 million indie that English wrote, directed, and co-produced. True to Cukor’s original, it boasts not a single man on screen. Ryan stars as Mary, a rich housewife forced to snap out of her pampered haze when she discovers her husband is having an affair with a younger woman (Eva Mendes). Annette Bening plays Mary’s best friend, Sylvie, an uptight, high-powered magazine editor. Bergen appears as Mary’s face-lift-happy mother, while Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Bette Midler pop up as various supporting characters. No question, it’s a talented cast, but it skews significantly older than the group that assembled in 1996. (At that first table reading, Roberts was 28, and Ryan, 34.) The mature cast won’t help attract the much-coveted Facebook generation. Yet English is hoping that her movie will bring in the same folks who recently made cash registers ring for Mamma Mia! and Sex and the City. ”I keep telling women, ‘You can’t complain that there’s nothing to see! When a movie comes out that’s for you, you’ve got to go vote with your wallet.”’

NEXT PAGE: ”I would go from studio to studio with my list of female ensemble movies that have made a ton of money, like 9 to 5, First Wives Club, and Steel Magnolias,” English says. ”And always the response was, ‘Well, that was a fluke’.”

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Behind The Scenes Of “The Women”

Dove (you know the soft skin soap) has put up a website with “behind the scenes’ footage of the movie, director Diane English’s diary, a photo gallery (nothing new), a mini-documentary, and a teen’s view which deals with self esteem and body image issues for girls/women (God forbid we have a movie dealing with the same issues for gay men, “The Gays”) Anywho, here is the link: Click Here

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Updates: 08-28-08

New Music New Videos More Ray Cooper Tales Coming Then She Found Me release this Tuesday Auction Stuff Brett Every

Those who celebrate Labor Day...Have a safe holiday!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Vegas Rankings: 8-25-08

Top Vegas Events
Week Ending 08/24/2008
Mon, Aug 25th 2008 9:53 am EST

Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 53.33
2 Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets 23.70
3 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 4.27
4 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 2.76
5 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 1.97
6 Le Rêve Tickets 1.90
7 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 1.86
8 David Copperfield Tickets 1.16
9 Amazing Johnathan Tickets 1.11
10 Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

“Living Life…Boomer Style Magazine”:
Make Bette A ‘Boomer’ Hottie!!!!

****Hi Guys

Bette Midler Fans may be interested to know that Bette is on the Boomer Hot 100 Women list–would you help us in letting her fans know so they can vote for her to be the Number One Boomer Hot Woman?

They can vote at http://boomerhot.art.officelive.com/default.aspx

Also, check out the slide shows of each Boomer Hot Man and Woman to see how Boomer Hot they are. Enjoy the show and the music.

We’re rooting for Bette.

Blessings,
Michael Holloway
Music Editor
Living Life…Boomer Style Magazine****
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Midler’s Microphone:
“Do you think I could get one with rhinestones?”

Bette Midler Makes a Date with Shure in Sin City
L & S America
August 26, 2008

As effusive and irrepressible as ever, these days Bette Midler takes to the Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace with all the sass and bawdiness that first captivated audiences in the 70s, singing, hip-wiggling, and strutting through her latest extravaganza, The Showgirl Must Go On.

Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On continues its run at the Colosseum stage of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Given the show’s fast pace, wireless audio was a necessity. With Midler’s longtime sound engineer David Morgan installed behind a Digidesign VENUE console at front-of-house, Shure’s UHF-R wireless was picked for the task, with Midler given a champagne-finished, KSM9-equipped handheld transmitter to hold every night.

Both Morgan and monitor engineer Brian Hendry are pleased with the KSM9 microphone and the Shure UHF-R wireless system. “All the vocals are incredibly warm and present, providing the audience with a uniquely personal experience of our singers,” Morgan says. “The transmission quality creates a sound that is nearly indistinguishable from a wired version, and the reliability of the signal is unparalleled. As always, Shure has been a very important partner in making this big show a reality, and we very much appreciate their contribution.”

Midler says, “I’ve seen a lot of evolution in technology over the years. Before wireless was what it is today, we would use hardwired microphones with funny little custom holders on Delores’ wheelchair. [She’s referring to the wheelchair-bound mermaid Delores Del Lago, one of her many characters.] Then we moved on to headset microphones. With the tremendous amount of movement we have in this show today, there is simply no way we could do it without wireless microphones. Thanks to my collaboration with Shure, I really believe we’re getting the full benefits of a hardwired microphone in terms of sound quality, all without the fuss of being tied to a cord.”

Midler chose her champagne-hued KSM9 handheld transmitter from among offerings shown to her by Morgan, but, being the showgirl she is, can’t help but dream of other, flashier possibilities.
Bette Midler Makes a Date with Shure in Sin City

As effusive and irrepressible as ever, these days Bette Midler takes to the Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace with all the sass and bawdiness that first captivated audiences in the 70s, singing, hip-wiggling, and strutting through her latest extravaganza, The Showgirl Must Go On.

Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On continues its run at the Colosseum stage of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Given the show’s fast pace, wireless audio was a necessity. With Midler’s longtime sound engineer David Morgan installed behind a Digidesign VENUE console at front-of-house, Shure’s UHF-R wireless was picked for the task, with Midler given a champagne-finished, KSM9-equipped handheld transmitter to hold every night.

Both Morgan and monitor engineer Brian Hendry are pleased with the KSM9 microphone and the Shure UHF-R wireless system. “All the vocals are incredibly warm and present, providing the audience with a uniquely personal experience of our singers,” Morgan says. “The transmission quality creates a sound that is nearly indistinguishable from a wired version, and the reliability of the signal is unparalleled. As always, Shure has been a very important partner in making this big show a reality, and we very much appreciate their contribution.”

Midler says, “I’ve seen a lot of evolution in technology over the years. Before wireless was what it is today, we would use hardwired microphones with funny little custom holders on Delores’ wheelchair. [She’s referring to the wheelchair-bound mermaid Delores Del Lago, one of her many characters.] Then we moved on to headset microphones. With the tremendous amount of movement we have in this show today, there is simply no way we could do it without wireless microphones. Thanks to my collaboration with Shure, I really believe we’re getting the full benefits of a hardwired microphone in terms of sound quality, all without the fuss of being tied to a cord.”

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Bette On Repeat Of “The View” Thursday

Jamie Lee wrote in to tell us this bit of news. Especially helpful to those who missed it the first time around:

Hey everyone, just thought i’d let ya’ll know that a repeat of Bette on “The View” live in Vegas will be airing on Thursday the 28th:)

Love, Mister D

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