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Sunday, January 17, 2016

BetteBack December 12, 1993: Bette Midler Is Pulling Out All The Stops

The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
Pulling out all the stops
December 12, 1993 | Bruce McCabe, Globe Staff

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There are theater buffs who believe that “Gypsy” is the best musical ever to grace a Broadway stage.

One of them is Neil Meren, one of the executive producers of the three-hour CBS television movie “Gypsy” that airs tonight (Channels 6 and 7 at 8), starring Bette Midler.

In a telephone interview, Meren called “Gypsy” “the best musical ever written” and made a particular point of noting that “we’re presenting it — we’re not adapting it or changing it.” Read More

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BetteBack March 26, 1992: Researchers See Age Bias In Hollywood

Aiken Standard
March 26, 1992

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BOSTON — In two of the season’s Oscar-nominated roles, 72-year-old Jack Palance got to whoop it up as a cowboy in City Slickers, while 82-year-old Jessica Tandy was reduced to reminiscing from a nursing home in Fried Green Tomatoes.

Two researchers point to the contrast in roles as proof of sexism and age bias in Hollywood.

In a report titled Real vs. Reel World – Older Women and the Oscar, they conclude that elderly women have virtually disappeared from the silver screen. And when older women are cast, they are likely to get less flattering roles than those offered to men. Read More

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Broadway Plays Performing Strongly

New York Times
Broadway Plays Show Surprising Box Office Strength
By PATRICK HEALY
June 26, 2013

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Several Broadway plays are performing powerfully at the box office as summer begins, a time when plays usually fade fast while increasingly tourist-heavy audiences opt for musicals.

Weekly ticket sales for the Christopher Durang comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” have increased 30 percent since winning the Tony Award for best play on June 9; the show took in $711,012 last week, or 93 percent of the maximum potential gross, a huge amount for a play. “I’ll Eat You Last,” the one-woman play starring Bette Midler, set another box office record at the Booth Theater, taking in $890,276 – the equivalent of 114 percent of the maximum possible gross after factoring in premium ticket prices of $298. “Lucky Guy,” the tabloid newspaper drama starring Tom Hanks, brought in a very strong $634,205 for just four performances, a schedule that was reduced to accommodate conflicts of several cast members, according to the play’s spokesman. Read More

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Box Office Strength On Broadway

New York Times
Broadway Plays Show Surprising Box Office Strength
By PATRICK HEALY
June 25, 2013

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Several Broadway plays are performing powerfully at the box office as summer begins, a time when plays usually fade fast while increasingly tourist-heavy audiences opt for musicals.

Weekly ticket sales for the Christopher Durang comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” have increased 30 percent since winning the Tony Award for best play on June 9; the show took in $711,012 last week, or 93 percent of the maximum potential gross, a huge amount for a play. “I’ll Eat You Last,” the one-woman play starring Bette Midler, set another box office record at the Booth Theater, taking in $890,276 – the equivalent of 114 percent of the maximum possible gross after factoring in premium ticket prices of $298. “Lucky Guy,” the tabloid newspaper drama starring Tom Hanks, brought in a very strong $634,205 for just four performances, a schedule that was reduced to accommodate conflicts of several cast members, according to the play’s spokesman. Read More

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Bette Bounce Theories

New York Post
A sure Bette? Not for Tony
By MICHAEL RIEDEL
Last Updated: 2:04 AM, May 1, 2013
Posted: 1:47 AM, May 1, 2013

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Last week in this column, I wondered whether Bette Midler would win a Tony for her delicious comic turn as Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers.

But as one of my readers — Chris Galka — thoughtfully pointed out yesterday in an e-mail: “Not without a nomination she can’t!!!”

Chris has a point. I overlooked the fact that to win, Midler first had to be nominated. And yesterday — the day the 2012-2013 Tony nominations were announced — she was conspicuously absent from the list of contenders for Best Actress in a Play: Laurie Metcalf (“The Other Place”), Amy Morton (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”), Kristine Nielsen (“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”), Holland Taylor (“Ann”) and Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful”). Read More

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

No Nomination For Bette At The Tony’s

New York Times
April 30, 2013, 7:49 am 1 Comment
‘Kinky Boots’ Leads With 13 Tony Nominations; Tom Hanks Gets Nod for ‘Lucky Guy’
By PATRICK HEALY

Photo: Bruce Glikas

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The new Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” led the pack with 13 nominations for the 67th annual Tony Awards, including for best musical, director, actor, score, and choreographer, while its chief rival “Matilda” had 12 nominations in many of the same categories. The nominations were announced at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The revival of “Golden Boy” had the most nominations of any play, 8, with the new Tom Hanks play “Lucky Guy” close behind with 6 nominations. Lead acting nods went to only a handful of the Hollywood stars performing on Broadway this season – Mr. Hanks, Laurie Metcalf, Holland Taylor, and Cicely Tyson; among those snubbed were Bette Midler, Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes, Scarlett Johansson, and Al Pacino. Among the surprises were snubs of “Motown” for a best musical nomination and its star, Brandon Victor Dixon, for best actor. Read More

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shows Come In Fast In Time For Tony Consideration

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013, 2:00 AM
UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013, 2:00 AM

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Fourteen Broadway premieres in four weeks. That’s a thumbnail sketch of a theater critic’s life in April. Shows come fast and furiously in the mad dash to open in time for the cutoff for Tony Awards consideration on April 25.

It can all be a blur. But there are reasons why some shows prove unforgettable — whether it’s a moment, a performance, the staging or the entire production. Read More

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

This Week On Stage: Bette Midler, Alan Cumming, Fiona Shaw, and Cicely Tyson take the stage

This Week On Stage: Bette Midler, Alan Cumming, Fiona Shaw, and Cicely Tyson take the stage
by Jason Clark
April 27, 2013

USA: 'I'll Eat You Last' Press Reception

Here they are, the last gasp of shows for the 2012-2013 theater season as we approach T-Day (Tony Nomination Day on April 30). And on that note, some notable rulings have been announced: the four young tykes taking on the title role in Matilda will not be competing jointly for Best Actress in a Musical (they will instead receive a special “Tony Honor For Excellence”). And poor Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and all the men in Orphans have been added to the crowded slate of competitors for Leading Actor/Actress, which means about eight Tony-worthy performers will be vying for five spaces in each, already dubbing this year as Sophie’s Choices. Read More

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Could Bette Take Home Her Second Tony? It’s Highly Possible!

The Huffington Post
Best Actress in a Play Tony Race — It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking Ahead
By Cara Joy David
New York-based entertainment journalist
Posted: 01/30/2013 8:06 am

I love tough Tony Award races. I love when there are so many eligible contenders for a given category, I don’t even know who is going to be nominated. So I am super excited about the Best Actress in a Play Tony Award category.

In my decade plus career, I don’t remember a better slate of contenders than we have this year. There are so many people who any other year would be nominated, but this year will fall short. With so many shows left to come, it may seem a little early to start talking about Tony categories. Insiders know however — it’s never too early to start thinking about the Tony race. After all, many producers make decisions based on the races. Producers rush certain shows in during weak seasons. It’s very rare that the Tony Awards Administration Committee (which decides category eligibility) denies a petition, so producers often choose whether to petition to move an actor up to lead or down to featured based on the competition in a given category. (Performers listed above the title are generally eligible in Best Actress/Actor, performers below the title in the featured categories. The Administration Committee can change this and so, for example, one would think Kate Arrington, above-the-title for Grace, would be considered featured if the producers petition the Administration Committee accordingly.) Read More

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

BetteBack 1976: Poll Reflects Changing Views Of American Women

Hagerstown Daily Mail
Most respected women of 1975
January 3, 1976

Women were asked to rank a list of famous women as to how much respect they deterred.

Given the names of seventeen prominent women in various fields, women show most respect in this order:

Mamie Elsenhower, Golda Meir, Ladybird Johnson, Queen Elisabeth II, Pat Nixon, Katharine Hepburn, Billle Jean King, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Walters, Barbra Streisand, Cicely Tyson, Liza Minelli, Elizabeth Ford, Gloria Steinbem, Angela Davis, Joyce Carol Oates, and Bette Midler. Read More

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