Thursday, September 21, 2017

Can’t keep a good Dolly down

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Can’t keep a good Dolly down
By Cindy Adams
September 17, 2017 | 9:53pm

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Looong ago I told you Bette Midler waves bye-bye to “Hello, Dolly!” in January. With her salary plus percentage, she doesn’t need more bows, more bucks, or more pirouetting in high heels and tight corsets. Dec. 1, she’ll be 72, and just tumbled onstage mid-performance. Her people already consulted lawyers to determine if that flop — the tumble not the performance — is actionable. Like, to talk plain — when, which, who, what — can we sue over this.

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Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress As The Music Tried To Play Her Off The Stage: “Shut that crap off!”

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress As The Music Tried To Play Her Off The Stage: “Shut that crap off!” (2017)

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Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: Hamlet – The Bette TV Series

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Broadway Rebounds As Bette Midler Breaks Another Record

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Broadway Rebounds As Bette Midler Breaks Another Record
By Lee Seymour
SEP 19, 2017

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Broadway loves a good rebound, and there’s no better pick-me-up than Bette Midler.

Back from a planned vacation, the Tony winner not only survived a tumble off the stage of Hello, Dolly! but also broke the house record at the Shubert Theater for the sixth time since the show opened this spring. It grossed $2.32 million over eight performances, with the average seat going for $199.

This year Midler has been the undisputed queen of Broadway. Thanks to her clout, Dolly! racked up over $40 million in advance sales before it even opened, and went on to win the Tony for Best Musical Revival. In addition to Midler’s for Best Actress, it also garnered trophies for Best Featured Actor (Gavin Creel), and Best Costume Design (Santo Loquasto).

But this does put the show in a bind when she takes a break. Last week, and two weeks earlier this summer, grosses plummeted during her absences, with seats going for an average of just $81. Midler’s successor, fellow industry legend Bernadette Peters, will take over in 2018, but the jury is still out on whether she can command the same prices.

And while Midler led the charge, the rest of the industry was right behind. Overall sales were up $12% from last week, to $26.6 million. Almost every show posted gains from the week prior when the back-to-school doldrums hit hard.

Two shows, however, goosed the box office by taking their final bow. Both Groundhog Day and Bandstand jumped over $200,000 as fans came out to send them off, but it was bittersweet for a pair of musicals that never found enough of an audience to keep them running. They both closed without recouping their capitalization.

War Paint also had a solid week, jumping $106,000 after being dangerously in the red for several weeks. The cosmetics musical had a rough go at the Tonys but has avoided the fate of Bandstand and Groundhog Day. Ditto the revival of Miss Saigon, which has also been struggling but caught a break this week with an $88,000 boost. And Waitress, already having turned a profit, bounced back $103,000 after the worst week of its entire run.

Michael Moore continues to disappoint, however. After a strong start, his Trump-themed solo chow Terms Of My Surrender has sunk down the board; even with a small $16,000 boost this week it’s still taking less than 40% of its potential. The President himself may be a ratings boon, but that quality doesn’t appear to be transitive.

Otherwise business was booming. Hamilton stayed on top with $2.9 million, followed by Dolly! and The Lion King ($1.7m), with 2017 Best Musical winner Dear Evan Hansen ($1.6m) and Wicked ($1.4m) rounding out the top five.

Just below them was Come From Away, which is proving to be anything but an also-ran at $1.2 million. The Canadian tuner has maintained a remarkably steady momentum after losing the Tony to Hansen (though its director Christopher Ashley, got his), grossing over $1m for 20 weeks straight, and will almost certainly recoup is capitalization before the year is out. Slow and steady may not win every race, but the show is proof that you don’t need an awards sweep to be both beloved and profitable.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Bette Midler – VH1- For The Boys – Special – 1991

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Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress: “I hope I don’t cry,” Midler said, before proceeding to give a sharp-witted speech toward the end of the 71st Annual Tony Awards in New York Sunday night. “This has been one of the greatest professional experiences of my entire life… I’m so grateful for the outpouring of love, it has been absolutely extraordinary. That said, I can’t remember the last time I had more smoke blown up my ass, but there’s no more room. This is the cherry on the cake…This has given me the ride of my life.” (Tony Awards, 2017) – Bette Midler

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Bette Midler – You Made Me Watch You – Here’s That Rainy Day

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Bette Midler Accepting Her Drama League Award For Distinguished Musical Career On The Stage:

Bette Midler Accepting Her Drama League Award For Distinguished Musical Career On The Stage: “I’ll add it to my mantelpiece, even though it doesn’t help me spell ‘EGOT,’” she said of the statuette, and then singled out Sally Field in the crowd. “I turn and look at Sally because she has my Oscar,” she joked, and then addressed Glenn Close, also attending. “Glenn, did you ever win? F—, you’re in worse shape than me!” (Drama League Awards, 2017) – Bette Midler

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The Top Five Bette Midler Movie Roles of Her Career

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The Top Five Bette Midler Movie Roles of Her Career
By Nat Berman
September 17, 2017

Bette Midler is a famous American actress, singer, film producer, songwriter, and comedian. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. Her career as a singer and performer began in the 1960s but it wasn’t until the 1970s that she became more prominent in the public eye when she built a core following and began releasing studio albums. In 1979, she made her motion picture debut in ‘The Rose’, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Throughout her career, she has had roles in 30 feature films and has released 14 studio albums. Here are five of the top movie roles in Bette Midler’s career.

1. The Rose

Bette Midler played the lead role of Mary Rose Foster in this 1979 drama movie. The film also starred Alan Bates, Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Forest, David Keith, and Barry Primus. It is loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin and was directed by Mark Rydell. The movie originally went by the name of ‘Pearl’ as this was Joplin’s nickname. Bette Midler performed the soundtrack for this film and one of her biggest hits was the title track. ‘The Rose’ was nominated for four Academy Awards.

2. The First Wives Club

Midler is known both for playing the role of strong women and also for comedic talent. Both were evident in this 1996 comedy film about three women who get revenge on their lying and cheating ex-husbands. It is based on a book by Olivia Goldsmith and the two other leading women in the movie are played by Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. The ex-husbands are played by Victor Garber, Stephen Collins, and Dan Hedaya. ‘The First Wives Club’ was a surprise box office hit as it grossed over $181 million worldwide.

3. Ruthless People

‘Ruthless People’ is a black comedy that was released in 1986 and was written by Dale Launer. The movie was co-directed by David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams. It is about a couple who kidnap the wife of their ex-boss in revenge and then attempt to extort money from him. Midler plays Barbara Stone with Danny DeVito in the role of her husband, Sam Stone. Others starring in this movie include Judge Reinhold, Anita Morris, and Helen Slater. It was a commercial success and grossed $71.6 million at the worldwide box office.

4. Big Business

For her role in this movie, Bette Midler won the American Comedy Award for the Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture. This 1998 comedy was directed by Jim Abrahams and co-written by Dori Pierson and Marc Reid Rubel. It is about two sets of twins who are mismatched at birth and then reunited. The screenplay was loosely based on William Shakespeare’s ‘A Comedy of Errors’. Bette Midler played Sadie Shelton and Sadie Ratliff and Lily Tomlin played Rose Ratliff and Rose Shelton.

5. Hocus Pocus

Midler plays Winifred ‘Winnie’ Sanderson in this 1993 comedy horror fantasy film. She is the oldest of three witches who are sisters, with Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker playing the younger two sisters. The three witches are accidentally resurrected by a teenage boy. The story is based on a book by Mick Garris and David Kirschner and adapted into a screenplay by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert. It was directed by Kenny Ortega. Although it was not initially a success, either critically or commercially, it has since become a cult movie. Midler was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress.

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Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: Hamlet – The Bette TV Series

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