See Bette Midler in Dolly

Our brief Ask Billy question comes from Justin. “Thanks for the video of Angels in America from London.  But, here’s one better – Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!  Nobody has any footage.  If anyone can get it, you can.”

I can, and do.  Many people have attempted to film clips of Bette Midler in Dolly.  Most have had their phones confiscated.  And those who posted footage online found it quickly removed due to the vehemence of pit bull producer Scott Rudin.  There has been an embargo on any clips of Bette in the role – the rationale being, if you wanna see her, spend $600 and buy a ticket.  But, the wait is over.  There are a couple of tantalizing videos on  Well, the word “video” might be a misnomer.  Yes, there are fleeting images of Midler, but most of the time she’s onstage, the spotlight is so bright it almost completely washes her out.  Still, you can hear her perfectly and see glimpses of a ghostly Divine Miss M on our website.


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