Bette Midler's Broadway Show Recoups in Two Months
... Bette Midler
is officially box office gold -- her one-woman Broadway show has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks. On Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Midler is playing the wondrously snooty super talent agent in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers." Written by John Logan, the play is a straightforward biography of a girl with a heavy German accent who turned herself into a mover and shaker in Hollywood. The show didn't get a single Tony nomination but has been a tough ticket, pulling in $808,816 last week with only seven shows at full capacity. Other shows this season that recouped include Tom Hanks' "Lucky Guy," the Al Pacino-led revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "The Heiress" with Jessica Chastain. The Best of Billboard Video:See All Billboard Video Bette Midler
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Bette Midler heading back to Broadway
... Bette Midler
is set to head back to Broadway for the John Logan play 'I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers'. The play is about real-life Hollywood agent Sue Mengers. Mengers represented Psycho star Anthony Perkins, Bonanza's Julie Harris, Candice Bergen, Cher, Joan Collins, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neil during her career. Sue Mengers died of pneumonia at her home in Beverly Hills in October, 2011 at age 79. Logan wrote the screenplay for the latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall'. It has been 30 years since Midler last starred on Broadway although she was the producer of the Broadway production of 'Priscilla: Queen of the Desert'. More from Noise11.com Have Your Say Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now! Bette Midler
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Bette Midler Returning To Broadway After 30 Year Absence
... (Radio.com) For the first time in over 30 years, Bette Midler
will make her return to Broadway in a one person show about Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers. I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers will portray a single night from Mengers's life, a woman who had her start in the entertainment industry as a receptionist at a boutique talent firm and eventually became an agent for industry leaders like I.C.M. and William Morris. Mengers clients included Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Michael Caine. The play, scheduled to premiere on April 24, was written by John Logan (The Aviator and Skyfall) and will be directed by Joe Mantello, who recently won a Tony for his role in Broadway's The Normal Heart. more on this story Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission. Bette Midler
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Bette Midler (December 1, 1945)
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Born into a poor family in Hawaii – before Hawaii was a state – Bette Midler discovered the glamour of entertainment and the arts through books. Every Saturday, she and her sister were dropped off at the Honolulu Public Library, where Midler would look at pictures and read books about opera, ballet, and theater. When she saw a picture of Ethel Barrymore, she wanted to be her. Midler would become one of the most successful, multi-talented performers in history, earning two Academy Award nominations, three Emmys, a Tony, and multiple Grammys and Golden Globe awards.
Midler's professional career began with a small role in the movie Hawaii, earning her enough money to move to New York City in 1965. She got her start in experimental theater and worked in the gay male bathhouse scene, with Barry Manilow as her accompanist. Midler has maintained a loyal following of gay fans throughout her career and used one of nicknames, Bathhouse Bette, as the title of her 1978 album. Her most famous nickname, the Divine Miss M, also comes from her years at the Continental Baths.
Her recording career began with the release of the album, the Divine Miss M
, in 1972. The album features several singles that have become Midler classics, including "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Friends," which Midler sings to close out all of her live shows. She won the Best New Artist Grammy award for 1973 and followed it up with an award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1981 for "The Rose
." Her rendition of "The Wind Beneath My Wings
" won both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1989.
Known as a flamboyant and hard-working performer, Midler has appeared both on Broadway and in film. Her Tony award came in 1974 for her performance in Clams on a Half Shell Revue. The award was a special Tony given for "adding luster to the Broadway season." In 2010, Midler produced the Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and loves the musical so much that she said, "I'd be starring in it – if I were a gay man." She did several long-running tours and in 2010, at the age of 65, she completed her two-year run of The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. When her stint in Las Vegas was over, she said she was glad to see it come to an end because the country's economic difficulties hit the city so hard, it was like performing on the Titanic.
In one of her most memorable roles, Midler earned an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Mary Rose Foster in the 1978 film, The Rose. Many believe that the movie is about the life of Janis Joplin, although Midler said in an NPR interview in 2008 that she had experienced enough as a female performer in her own life that she drew more from her own career than Joplin's. Midler starred in several other movies after that, earning Golden Globe nominations for her roles in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Outrageous Fortune, and For the Boys, for which she also received her second Oscar nomination. Midler won an Emmy in 1977 for her television special, Ol' Red Hair is Back, and her third Emmy was in 1997 for her HBO special, Diva Las Vegas. Her second Emmy came after her 1992 performance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, in which she had the honor of being Carson's final guest and serenaded him with an emotional rendition of "One For My Baby."
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