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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BetteBack October 20, 1974: Rex Reed On Bette Midler

Independent Press Telegram
October 20, 1974

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Rex Reed has had his share of difficult and embarrasing interviews. Some he has detailed in his newest book, People Are Crazy Here (Delacorte Press, $7.95). His most hostile subject was George Sanders. “Imagine being called to interview someone who doesn’t want to be interviewed, who hates you for infringing on his time and who is lying in bed fully clothed in a suit, threatening you the whole time with a cane!” Then there was Bette Midler, whom Rex would just as soon forget. “She sat on the toilet while I interviewed her. I tried to act big about the whole thing, look away and say, ‘Now, my next question is . .. ‘ Read More

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hello And Welcome Back, Dolly!

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Hello And Welcome Back, Dolly!
By Greg Allen
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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As the commercial says, years from now there will be those that saw Bette Midler in Hello Dolly! on Broadway and those that say they did. I am SO lucky to be one of those that will be able to say I saw her. What a night! What a production. The 1964 multi-Tony Award winning musical (synonymous with Carol Channing) was revived in 1975 with an all black cast starring Pearl Bailey and then Carol Channing returned to the staircase in 1995. But this 2017 production feels fresh and new – even though it’s an old-fashioned musical. It has already set records (before opening) with more than $40 million in advance ticket sales. And one of the biggest reasons for that is summed up in two words: Bette Midler. Read More

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

‘Hello, Dolly!’: Bette Midler Proves She’s the New Queen of Broadway (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone
‘Hello, Dolly!’: Bette Midler Proves She’s the New Queen of Broadway
By Peter Travers
April 23, 2017

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It’s coronation time: Bette Midler is the new queen of Broadway. It really is a cultural moment when Miss M steps up top the plate to make her starring debut in a Broadway musical and knocks it out of the park. Hello, Dolly! is a song-and-dance warhorse, over half a century old, that Midler twists a little, stirs a little, shapes a little, molds a little and –voila! – it’s a musical comedy dream for a new generation to discover. Read More

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

7 Big Predictions About the 2017 Tony Nominations

Variety
7 Big Predictions About the 2017 Tony Nominations
By Gordon Cox
April 27, 2017

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Tony predictions were easy last year: One word – “Hamilton” – and you’re done. The race for the 2016-17 Tony Awards is far less cut-and-dried, with plenty of strong contenders but no clear, sweeping favorite. With the Tony nominations announced Tuesday, we’re making a forecast based on conversations with industry veterans, early awards-season attention and gut instinct. Here are seven big predictions for how the noms will shake out in this uncertain season. Read More

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Can Bette Midler and company break the ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Tony Awards curse?

Gold Derby
Can Bette Midler and company break the ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Tony Awards curse?
By Sam Eckmann
Theater Apr 21, 2017

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If you’re even remotely aware of Broadway, you probably know that celebrated diva Bette Midler is starring in a lush revival of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Shubert Theatre. The show has been breaking box office records left and right during previews, and just opened to rapturous praise. What you may not know is that “Dolly” has suffered diminishing returns at the Tony Awards since the original production in 1964. It’s up to the Divine Miss M to turn around the musical’s Tony fortunes. Read More

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Bette Midler On Her Television Special For NBC:

Bette Midler On Her Television Special For NBC: “It’s good to stay in one place for awhile. My TV special goes on air in October for NBC. Dustin Hoffman is going to be my guest star. He’ll play the piano, and we’ll discuss life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. (Marietta Journal, June 22, 1977)

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Bette Midler ‘knocks em dead’ in new role

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Bette Midler ‘knocks em dead’ in new role
22 Apr 2017

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‘We knocked ‘em dead!’

They are the words of Bette Midler after taking to the stage in a revival of the musical Hello Dolly.

The 71-year-old star took to Twitter to thank everyone associated with the production and offer wishes for a fantastic run, after it opened on Broadway last Thursday night.

Hello Dolly is a 1964 musical that initially starred Carol Channing, and has been revived four times on Broadway as well as three times in West End. Read More

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hello, Dolly!, New York — Bette Midler stars in high-spirited fun

Financial Times
Hello, Dolly!, New York — Bette Midler stars in high-spirited fun
by: Max McGuinness
April 21, 2017

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If you look up “Broadway musical” in a dog-eared theatrical dictionary, the description is bound to sound like Hello, Dolly! A high-kicking chorus line? Catchy tunes? Frocks galore? Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s 1964 extravaganza about a late 19th-century New York “marriage broker” ticks all the boxes. Throw in a barn-storming performance by Bette Midler as the titular Dolly and you’ve got an unstoppable juggernaut of old-fashioned schmaltz and star power. Sample the FT’s top stories for a week You select the topic, we deliver the news. Select topic Enter email addressInvalid email Sign up By signing up you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions, cookie policy and privacy policy. Jerry Zaks’s staging sticks resolutely to that familiar formula and eschews any trace of directorial innovation. Midler similarly offers up a blend of unflagging ebullience and eyebrow-cocking wit that is rooted in the tradition of boisterous comic heroines such as Doris Day and Ginger Rogers (who played the same part). Her magnetic stage presence duly compensates for a singing voice that displays limited range and occasionally sounds a bit tired. Playing against type, David Hyde Pierce (who was Niles in Frasier) provides a worthy foil as Horace Vandergelder, the gruff “half-millionaire” shopkeeper destined despite his best efforts to be matched with the veteran matchmaker. On the night I attended, Pierce also adroitly recovered from a lengthy mid-scene hiatus enforced by technical difficulties. Among a well-drilled ensemble, Gavin Creel and Taylor Trensch stand out for their Laurel and Hardyesque rapport as Vandergelder’s two clerks Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker. It all adds up to a slick yet somewhat hollow package that cries out for a smidgen of pathos amid over two hours of relentless merriment. That lack of counterpoint is particularly noticeable during a climactic scene inside a faintly pretentious restaurant midway through Act II. For what seems like an eternity, waiters and diners circulate with total fluency in a bravura display of choreography, never missing a beat. One longs for someone to drop a plate. All obstacles to happiness and romance are similarly surmounted here with a bit too much ease. Hello, Dolly! nonetheless delivers a potent dose of high-spirited fun. Repeated mid-performance standing ovations suggest many theatregoers will find that to be the perfect tonic. Others may feel as if they have just eaten an entire bag of marshmallows. Read More

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ The next big phenomenon hits Broadway

The Inquirer
Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ The next big phenomenon hits Broadway
By David Patrick Stearns
Updated: APRIL 21, 2017 — 9:43 AM EDT

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NEW YORK — Outside Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on Wednesday, guys were taking selfies while swathed in bright-red feather boas. Inside, film director Quentin Tarantino stood in line at the men’s room. High-rollers took their third-row seats, carrying overpriced lattes. What could possibly be uniting such diverse parties?

The combination of star and show has created a good, old-fashioned box-office-busting phenomenon. I saw the excitement for myself, not to mention the boa guys, at a preview performance Wednesday before the Thursday opening. Read More

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Bette Midler Is Back on Broadway in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and You Probably Can’t Handle It: REVIEW

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Bette Midler Is Back on Broadway in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and You Probably Can’t Handle It: REVIEW
by Naveen Kumar
April 21, 2017 | 8:29am

Who would have thought that Bette Midler dressed to the nines gnawing every last morsel off a giant turkey leg would be the most riotous two minutes on Broadway this year?

Chances are if you manage to snag a seat to the hot-ticket revival of Hello, Dolly! that opened at the Shubert Theatre last night, you’re already well aware that Bette knows how to milk a moment. Here’s everything else you may be curious to know about what is, by far, the gayest show in town. Read More

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