Hey wait — is there an awards ceremony pegged to a Bette Midler performance on March 2nd?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Divine Miss M will be performing at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Despite having been nominated twice, for her roles in”The Rose” (1979) and “For the Boys” (1991) , the actress and singer has never once performed during the telecast.
“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
Midler, 68, tweeted out the news to her 533,000 followers on Wednesday:
Now that the news is out, what shall I sing at this years#Oscars? http://t.co/t1v4r0zOaR — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 19, 2014
It’s almost enough to make us want to sit through the award for Best Sound Mixing. Almost.
Philip Glass, “Einstein on the Beach”
Tickets to performances of a stellar revival Philip Glass’s “Einstein on the Beach” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music were among New York’s most coveted this September as the monumental four-and-a-half-hour conceptual opera, which originally premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976, concluded a year-long tour in honor of the composer’s 75th birthday. Perhaps more than any other piece, “Einstein” proves that the term “minimalist” doesn’t offer an especially apt description of much of Glass’s work: In it, he applied his signature techniques of repetition and subtle variation on a truly massive scale. The result is a sprawling work that evokes a vision of the end of days as it seems to distort the passage of time itself; 36 years on, it remains as disorienting as it is exhilarating.
Dan Fishback, “The Material World”
What’s your socialist bubbe got to do with the Queen of Pop? That’s the question at the heart of Dan Fishback’s musical “The Material World.” The setting for the show is a dream-world 1920s Bronx boarding house where a family of Russian Jewish socialists lives with Madonna, Britney Spears and a gay teenager plotting a Facebook revolution. Even if Kabbalah and communism aren’t your cup of tea, the show had plenty to recommend it, including Fishback’s songwriting talents.
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