Tuesday, 21 July 2015

An evening with the Divine Miss M....

Most of us within our heads or on a piece of paper have a bucket list of things to do / see / achieve within our lifetime, one of my bucket list moments was fulfilled on Sunday night when I saw the divine Miss M in concert. I am of course referring to the fabulously entertaining Miss Bette Midler. I have been a huge fan of hers for many years, and thrilled to have finally seen her live in all her ballsy glory.
It's been 35 years since Miss M last appeared on stage in the UK, and that was a week's residency at the London Palladium, therefore tickets were in high demand when released early this year for a UK tour.
With an O2 filled to the rafters with an age range of twenties to nineties from gays to grannies and every camp in-between it really was a divinely fabulous audience to be within.
The show started with a bright pink whirlwind filling a huge video screen, culminating in Bette arriving on stage on a huge throne – a reminder to us all on what a huge force of nature this pocket rocket whirlwind is. Sashaying across the stage in a tiny pink mini dress Bette demonstrated what a remarkable women she is at the grand age of 69. With an opening line of "We're here to lift your spirits like a boob job for your soul" she did not disappoint. ( I had serious leg envy throughout)
Bette is not shy of talking her opinion and thoughts, with frank honesty and it is this that sets her apart from some of her contemporaries, she is ballsy, bawdy and incredibly funny, on introducing her backing girls "The Staggering Harlettes" she commanders them to "wave to the wankers in the luxury seats" pointing to the corporate boxes to much laughter from the audience.
This was the last night of the Divine Intervention tour in the UK and Bette was going home in style, veering from schmaltz to smut in seconds without breaking stride.
Bette resurrected many favourites during her 2 hour set, including the fabulous Winifred from Hocus Pocus, complete with huge wig and buck teeth and a great rendition of "I put a spell on you" along with her alter ego Sophie Tucker which made an appearance  during "A Bird in the Hand" whilst dressed as a cabaret corseted burlesque feathered bird. Her other alter ego Delores Delago the wheelchair bound mermaid also made an appearance in video form along with a little dig at Lady Gaga who in recent years has performed a similar character. It wasn’t just Lady Gaga that Bette shared her views on Miley and the Kardashians were also a key talking point…. Bette lamenting that Boobs were no longer in fashion and it was now all about bums now!... this led into much discussion of social media & sex tapes with Bette sharing some of her supposed steamy conquests… including Boris Johnson, Jamie Oliver and Jeremy Clarkson (0-60 in 0.5 seconds) much fun and banter!
Bette is brassy, bawdy and never less than brilliant, when introducing one of her most famous songs The Rose she deadpans; "I know you're all going to want to sing along to this one…. Please don't. There's only room for one diva in this room!... which is met with rapturous applause from the crowd.
The divine Miss M's set culminates with three show belters; The Rose, From a Distance and Stay with Me, followed by an encore of her spine tingling Wind Beneath my Wings, and then Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Bette then treated us to a further 2 encores before finally leaving the stage after a heartfelt thankyou to the audience, "I don't know why it's taken me so long to get here" she tells a crowd, who have for 15 minutes been on their feet giving her a standing ovation.
Over the 2 hours BM showcased why she can flip between Broadway and Hollywood so effortlessly …. Something that I don't believe that she has got the credit that she rightfully deserves; Miss Midler is not for the faint hearted but she is also one that shouldn’t be missed,… they don't make them like that anymore a living showbiz legend. It really was a slice of Broadway/ Las Vegas under the dome of the O2… perfect entertainment for a Sunday Night….
here is a video of part of The Rose and Wind beneath my wings
Thank you Miss M… a huge tick off my life's list.
Bette is a fan if social media and shared some images before arriving on stage and a gorgeous instagram of her and Adele.... 

1 comment:

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

I bet (ha no pun intended!) it was an amazing night.

Victoria x
FlorenceandMary.com

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

An evening with the Divine Miss M....

Most of us within our heads or on a piece of paper have a bucket list of things to do / see / achieve within our lifetime, one of my bucket list moments was fulfilled on Sunday night when I saw the divine Miss M in concert. I am of course referring to the fabulously entertaining Miss Bette Midler. I have been a huge fan of hers for many years, and thrilled to have finally seen her live in all her ballsy glory.
It's been 35 years since Miss M last appeared on stage in the UK, and that was a week's residency at the London Palladium, therefore tickets were in high demand when released early this year for a UK tour.
With an O2 filled to the rafters with an age range of twenties to nineties from gays to grannies and every camp in-between it really was a divinely fabulous audience to be within.
The show started with a bright pink whirlwind filling a huge video screen, culminating in Bette arriving on stage on a huge throne – a reminder to us all on what a huge force of nature this pocket rocket whirlwind is. Sashaying across the stage in a tiny pink mini dress Bette demonstrated what a remarkable women she is at the grand age of 69. With an opening line of "We're here to lift your spirits like a boob job for your soul" she did not disappoint. ( I had serious leg envy throughout)
Bette is not shy of talking her opinion and thoughts, with frank honesty and it is this that sets her apart from some of her contemporaries, she is ballsy, bawdy and incredibly funny, on introducing her backing girls "The Staggering Harlettes" she commanders them to "wave to the wankers in the luxury seats" pointing to the corporate boxes to much laughter from the audience.
This was the last night of the Divine Intervention tour in the UK and Bette was going home in style, veering from schmaltz to smut in seconds without breaking stride.
Bette resurrected many favourites during her 2 hour set, including the fabulous Winifred from Hocus Pocus, complete with huge wig and buck teeth and a great rendition of "I put a spell on you" along with her alter ego Sophie Tucker which made an appearance  during "A Bird in the Hand" whilst dressed as a cabaret corseted burlesque feathered bird. Her other alter ego Delores Delago the wheelchair bound mermaid also made an appearance in video form along with a little dig at Lady Gaga who in recent years has performed a similar character. It wasn’t just Lady Gaga that Bette shared her views on Miley and the Kardashians were also a key talking point…. Bette lamenting that Boobs were no longer in fashion and it was now all about bums now!... this led into much discussion of social media & sex tapes with Bette sharing some of her supposed steamy conquests… including Boris Johnson, Jamie Oliver and Jeremy Clarkson (0-60 in 0.5 seconds) much fun and banter!
Bette is brassy, bawdy and never less than brilliant, when introducing one of her most famous songs The Rose she deadpans; "I know you're all going to want to sing along to this one…. Please don't. There's only room for one diva in this room!... which is met with rapturous applause from the crowd.
The divine Miss M's set culminates with three show belters; The Rose, From a Distance and Stay with Me, followed by an encore of her spine tingling Wind Beneath my Wings, and then Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Bette then treated us to a further 2 encores before finally leaving the stage after a heartfelt thankyou to the audience, "I don't know why it's taken me so long to get here" she tells a crowd, who have for 15 minutes been on their feet giving her a standing ovation.
Over the 2 hours BM showcased why she can flip between Broadway and Hollywood so effortlessly …. Something that I don't believe that she has got the credit that she rightfully deserves; Miss Midler is not for the faint hearted but she is also one that shouldn’t be missed,… they don't make them like that anymore a living showbiz legend. It really was a slice of Broadway/ Las Vegas under the dome of the O2… perfect entertainment for a Sunday Night….
here is a video of part of The Rose and Wind beneath my wings
Thank you Miss M… a huge tick off my life's list.
Bette is a fan if social media and shared some images before arriving on stage and a gorgeous instagram of her and Adele.... 

1 comment:

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

I bet (ha no pun intended!) it was an amazing night.

Victoria x
FlorenceandMary.com