Joe Mangello to direct. From JoeMyGod:
[quote]Sue Mengers was an American original. She was the first female “superagent” at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn't exist, she invented that as well: “Superagent.” It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970's, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess.
EXTREMELY shiny, watertight pic of Bette at link.
One of the world's biggest cunts playing another world-class cunt. What a stretch.
Well, she sticks to what she knows, I suppose.
Is that comment she once made on an interview (about not knowing whether gay people were cut out for marriage or something) the entire reason we now hate her, or were there other reasons too?
The fact that she can't be in a scene without BEING the scene. She has a definite gift for comedy and drama, but she has never learned to moderate from a 9 or 10 down to a 4 or 5 when needed.
The general cuntiness that she serves everyone, no matter how famous or unfamous. She is just a generally unhappy, unpleasant person.
The fact that her voice is kinda busted now and she's singing the same shit she did for 40+ years. (Though the Clooney songbook is a nice exception.)
Does there need to be another reason r10? I realize that she started her career in the bath houses and that atmosphere does not give a picture of the gay community as a group that would care about marriage. But she is a bright woman I would assume and is capable of realizing that that is not the total representation of the entire community. So her statement reveals a certain prejudice in her that should not be there given her early persona as an intelligent, open minded person who is close to the gay community.
"Joe Mangello"?? I take it you mean Joe Mantello.
I am always horrified when I hear he's directing again. He's a completely talent-free hack. After the ridiculous "Other Desert Cities", I can't see how he gets hired. I know that "Wicked" makes him one of the wealthiest people in theater ever, but it doesn't mean he has an ounce of talent.
Wow, R2, you have a firm grasp on history.
r13 His ASSASSINS was pretty spectacular. As was TAKE ME OUT. He did have that run in with Megan Mullally with LIPS TOGETHER and she said BITCH, PLEASE and left. Should be interesting to see how he works with Bette....
It is a one woman sow so her big personality will be a plus.
Oh, so no part for my boytoy Matthew Risch then?
Go hire Mike Nichols...
She'll be alternating performances with Tom Hanks' one-man play about Mike McAlary.
4 performances each per week.
jew playing a jew
It could be worse: she could be doing a stage musical version of FOR THE BOYS.
R20, you're darksided.
Sure, she's a cunt but I like Bette as a performer, always have. Sue Mengers was fascinating, back in the old days.
Kind of a shame, though, there are a lot of really good actresses "of a certain age" who could play the shit out of the Mengers role.
Also, caftans. I can see Sue Mengers in those goddamned caftans right now.
"For the Boys: The Musical!" starring Bette Midler and Nathan Lane would be so unbelievably fucking awful I would have to be there on opening night just to say that I saw it.
Whenever "what was the worst show you ever saw?" would come up in conversation I would win every time!
Why was Mengers a cunt?
I mean, aside from the fact that she was a Hollywood agent. I think the ability to harness your inner cunt is part of the job description.
Speaking of agents, anything shaking out on the Chasen case?
That one really haunts me. (Yeah, I know, Mary!)