Living For Bette Midler

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The chance to see Bette Midler in a legit play has excited me. Any legit play.

Yes, I'd see her in anything--except maybe Scenes From a Mall (though wait a minute, I did see that, so never mind, I even saw Parental Guidance, above!).

She's one of those commanding, radioactive performers whose personal twinkle, applied to both esoteric and sweet material, makes living extra worthwhile. In concert, she's been one of the most eclectic and visceral performers for years, making you scream yourself hoarse with laughter one second, then yanking your heart out and throwing it to the glittery pavement the next.

And I will surely be there to see her play bespectacled agent Sue Mengers on Broadway in I'll East You Last.

Dyan Cannon did a great job playing a Mengers-like character in the cult 1973 film The Last of Sheila. It's a colorful, nervy part for the right actress to sink her fangs into, even if the overwhelming majority of the human populace hasn't heard of Sue Mengers any more than they're intimate with the oeuvre of Sue Lyon.

Who cares? Bette could play Kate Moss and folks would line up. And now she will eat Mengers last. And I will be there first. Anyone share my enthusiasm?


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9 comments
Logan
Logan

You said you would be there first, so where's your thoughts on the first preview performance? Oh dear, you must have hated it. I hear she never moves her ass off the couch and the first few rows can smell her soiled depends.

williamHK
williamHK

I love Bette but would rather she do another "Clams on the Half Shell Revue" type of show, Sue Mengers isn't that interesting to my mind, she was just another Hollywood JAP.

miles46
miles46

Hellz yeah. I'd be happy if she walked on stage, said "Hey! I'm Sue Fuckin' Mengers! What's it to ya!?" and walked off. It's Bette, bitches!

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

Funny, you planted a subliminal message in my head. Last night I watched Parental Guidance (movies on demand) without realizing I'd read the title here earlier in the day.

eric.mccomas
eric.mccomas

I love Bette and can't wait to see this production.

billyjoe
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As exemplified by Musto's unbridled gushing, Bette's fans already know they love this play.

DivineGrace
DivineGrace like.author.displayName 1 Like

I CANNOT WAIT!

Now that Midler has stopped managing herself and sound new representation, there's talk of this Broadway show, more movies, another album and a new tour. I think this show is the beginning of a new and fabulous chapter in her career, and I'm very excited for it!

Anne_Thrax
Anne_Thrax

This really looks wonderful--anything Sue Mengers related is divoon. I loved that "Sadie LaSalle" in "Hollywood Wives" was based on her.

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