Trump honors D-Day vets, discusses Vietnam deferment
PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday joined world leaders to praise alliances and military service ahead of the anniversary of the D-Day invasion, just hours after...
Henson, Hadid give emotional remarks at Variety honors
NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson teared up as she discussed suicide rates among young black people. Gigi Hadid did the same as she spoke about the fate of the Rohingya people in refugee camps in...
‘Ya Got Trouble’ _ Hugh Jackman heading back to Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway as a classic roguish traveling salesman.
Producer Scott Rudin said Wednesday the two-time Tony-winner will star in a revival of the...
Carole Bayer Sager to get special honor at Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in...
Effervescent ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing mourned
NEW YORK (AP) — Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway and beyond. She died Tuesday at 97.
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Bette Midler, Brooke Shields among ‘Murphy Brown’ guests
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bette Midler and Brooke Shields are among the guest stars dropping in on CBS' "Murphy Brown" revival.
Midler was on the original sitcom as Caprice, one of many difficult, short-tenured secretaries to Candice Bergen's Murphy.
CBS said Thursday the singer-actress is back as Caprice on the Nov. 8 episode, this time with a connection to Murphy that makes her even more unbearable.
Bette Midler apologizes after her tweet causes backlash
NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler is apologizing for a tweet that caused a social media backlash when she compared the struggle of women to the history of racism.
The singer-actress wrote that women "are the n-word of the world" and "They are the most disrespected creatures on earth." Midler was quoting the title of a 1972 song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Celebrities, fashion insiders react to death of Kate Spade
NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities and fashion insiders react to the apparent suicide of designer Kate Spade:
"Fuzzy picture but i love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it. Its a rough world out there people, try to hang on." — Brother-in-law and comedian David Spade, via Instagram.
Broadway’s box office booms, with grosses and attendance up
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway grosses hit another record high last season by pulling in $1.7 billion, fueled by fervent demand to see such draws as Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler and a grown-up Harry Potter.
Data from the Broadway League, the national trade association for the industry, released Tuesday shows box office receipts were up 17.1 percent over last season's $1.45 billion.
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The cross-dresser in a Bette Midler wig approached us in a bathtub on wheels.
Cruising down Commercial Street, Provincetowns main street (or, um, main drag), she was handing out fliers for her Electra! Bathhouse to Broadway show that evening. She wore a mermaid costume and heavy rouge and, upon closer inspection, we saw that she was propped up in a mobility scooter covered in a tub-shaped drape filled with glass bubbles.
Bette Midler to return to ‘Hello, Dolly’ for a summer run
NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler is not quite ready to say goodbye to her Dolly.
The Divine Miss M is returning to the Tony Award-winning revival of "Hello, Dolly!" on July 17 for a six-week run that will close the production on Aug. 25, The Associated Press has learned.
Midler is not coming back empty-handed. She also has lured previous co-stars David Hyde Pierce and Gavin Creel back as well. Pierce earned a Tony nomination in the show and Creel won a best featured Tony.
Sharon Stone and Bette Midler to star in comedy caper
Sharon Stone is set to lead Bette Midler astray when they team up for comedy caper 'The Tale Of The Allergist's Wife'.
Midler, 72, will play a wealthy, bored, Manhattan housewife Marjorie, whose life is turned upside down by a visit from her glamorous childhood friend, Lee, played by 59-year-old Stone.
Deadline reported that both stars are on board, with Andy Fickman - who directed Midler in 2012 comedy 'Parental Guidance' - set to helm the project.
Betty Buckley to lead US national tour of ‘Hello, Dolly!’
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley has been tapped to lead the national tour of the latest exuberant Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" a gig she calls "such a gift."
"I'm just so happy to take such a happy show all around America. It's like 'Make America Happy Again,'" Buckley told The Associated Press on Monday. "It's like an antidote."
A Grammy curse? Milli Vanilli’s Fab Morvan, others reflect
NEW YORK (AP) — Winning the best new artist Grammy is a goal for most breakthrough performers, but for some of its recipients, it can create pressure to match previous success or surpass it.
That's why some feel that winning the award is a slight curse.
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2017 Breakthrough: Beanie Feldstein of ‘Lady Bird’
NEW YORK (AP) — Beanie Feldstein was a Broadway buff since she was a kid. She was obsessed with musicals, hung with the "theater crowd" in high school and spent years watching shows on the Great White Way. So when she was cast opposite Bette Midler in the revival of "Hello, Dolly," she had already hit a career milestone.
Midler to Rivera: Apologize for alleged sexual assault
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bette Midler renewed an allegation of 1970s sexual misconduct against Geraldo Rivera on Thursday, a day after Rivera called the news business "flirty" amid Matt Lauer's dismissal by NBC.
In the tweet posted by the actress-singer and confirmed by her publicist, she included a video from the 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which Midler made the allegation against Rivera.
1. In 1909, the College of Hawaii "Fighting Deans" played and won its game against McKinley High School by a score of 95–5 at Punahou School.
2. In 1923, a rainbow appears over Moiliili Field after Hawaii upsets Oregon State, 7–0. Local reporters begin calling UH athletic teams the "Rainbows."
Bette Midler holds annual Hulaween charity gala
Come October, it's not uncommon to enter the Houston Zoo and see an entire family dressed like "Star Wars" characters, feeding the giraffes or posing for pictures with the flamingos.
RIDGEFIELD — When the house at 100 South Salem was built in 1890, workers would travel from the servants’ quarters next door through a secret underground tunnel.
The passageway still exists, but traffic between the two structures was cut off when the property was divided and different owners took possession. The carriage house was also separated from the original estate, and for a time was rented by Bette Midler.
Nicole Scherzinger hopes to have started a family in the next five years.
The 39-year-old singer has been in a relationship with Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov since 2016, and has admitted her ambitions for the next five years not only include "touring and singing", but also settling down with a family.
Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes will appear on TLC's new album.
The singer died in a car accident at the age of 30 in 2002, but her bandmates Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozanda 'Chilli' Thomas wanted to honour her memory by including her voice on their upcoming self-titled LP.
T-Boz explained: "It's her talking. It's from an interview.
"We took some live music and played under it and made it a beat. It's the essence of Lisa that you remember her for--the live, the funky, the spunky energy that she had."
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5 takeaways from the Tonys, including leave Bette alone
NEW YORK (AP) — Five memorable moments from the 2017 Tony Awards:
Bette Midler steals the show at the Tony Awards
Outsiders make good as ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins big at Tonys
NEW YORK (AP) — "Dear Evan Hansen," the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest — winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book and top actor honors for Ben Platt.
Photo Gallery: The stars come out at the Tony Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards always seem to attract stars from TV, films and music — and, of course, plenty of stage stars. This year, the lineup featured Josh Groban, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Kline, Bette Midler, Orlando Bloom, Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, Sara Bareilles, Tommy Tune, Whoopi Goldberg and Anna Kendrick, among others.
A beloved — some might even say “divine” — entertainment veteran is the heavy favorite to win best leading actress in a musical during the “71st Annual Tony Awards” telecast tonight at 8 on CBS. Kevin Spacey hosts the ceremonies, broadcast live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Last year’s Tony Awards were less a celebration of Broadway than of “Hamilton,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical phenomenon that won 11 Tonys out of 16 nominations.
Tony presenters will include Scarlett Johansson, Tina Fey
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Spacey will have some starry names helping him hand out Tony Awards: Orlando Bloom, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Josh Gad, Taraji P. Henson, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Wilde have all signed up to help present trophies.
Spacey, who won Oscars for the movies "The Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty" and a Tony Award in 1991 in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," is making his debut as host of the telecast on June 11.
Grandparents, grandkids leave out ‘middle layer’ on learning tours
If you’re looking to learn as well as travel while on vacation, there is virtually no limit to the possibilities of what might be called road scholarship.
Most local colleges and universities offer tours each year meant to be educational as well as fun. A Fairfield University fall trip designed for an immersion in Icelandic culture, as well as a chance to see the aurora borealis (aka the Northern Lights), has a waiting list for the sold-out tour.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Award nominations (all times local):
"Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," a sung-through musical that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace," has earned a leading 12 Tony Award nominations.
The acting categories saw nominations for Bette Midler, Kevin Kline, Josh Groban, Danny DeVito and Cate Blanchett.
Bette Midler, Glenn Close lead Broadway’s spring offerings
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Broadway titans in Bette Midler and Glenn Close return to the Great White Way this spring. Here's a look at some of the highlights:
Glam-rock star Buster Poindexter stops in Ridgefield with Marshall Crenshaw
The glam-rock star Buster Poindexter, who is set to visit Ridgefield on Saturday, Feb. 11, apparently hasn’t lost a bit of his elan.
Nia Long, Idina Menzel celebrate women’s bonds in ‘Beaches’
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — For Idina Menzel and Nia Long, director Garry Marshall's 1988 melodrama "Beaches," starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, is a four-hankie treat.
So why do a remake?
"Why not?" replied Long ("The Best Man Holiday"), pointing to the story's timeless elements. "It really is a film about friendship and girl power and just living your truth."
Idina Menzel tackles Bette Midler role in ‘Beaches’ remake
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Idina Menzel prefers creating roles rather than following in someone else's footsteps. Yet when it came to a remake of "Beaches," the Broadway veteran couldn't turn it down.
Menzel tackles the role played by Bette Midler in the 1988 theatrical film for the Lifetime TV version co-starring Nia Long that airs Jan. 21. She also recorded Midler's No. 1 hit from the movie "Wing Beneath My Wings," a 1990 Grammy Award winner.
Duterte turns sentimental at karaoke with Malaysian leader
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — It wasn't coarse language that got Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attention this time; it was his crooning.
He and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak performed karaoke at a state dinner in Malaysia on Thursday.
Duterte sang Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" while Najib performed an upbeat version of "The Young Ones" by Cliff Richards.
They sang together to the '70s chart topper "Sha-La-La-La-La-La" by Danish rock band The Walkers. Najib danced as he sang.
Bette Midler revisits ‘old friends’ _ her star-making songs
NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler is going back to the beginning of her career — the divine beginning.
The Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner is re-releasing a deluxe version of "The Divine Miss M," her 1972 debut album that included the hits "Do You Want To Dance," ''Chapel Of Love," ''Friends" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
Celebrities of all types are fanning out for Clinton
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For television actress Busy Philipps, campaigning for Hillary Clinton isn't always glamorous.
The star of "Dawson's Creek" and "Freaks and Geeks" pitched in recently in Iowa. But she wasn't addressing giant rallies or hosting big-ticket fundraisers. Instead, the exuberant blonde spoke to about 20 women in the cavernous Des Moines skywalk, encouraging them to vote early on their lunch break.