As one of the world's best-loved and most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler has garnered accolades across all facets of show business. Midler’s expansive body of work has been recognized with four Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and nine American Comedy Awards. Midler began her legendary career as an entertainer in 1965 in New York, where she developed the trademark act that would make her one of the most renowned talents of her generation.
Upcoming, Midler is set to return to Broadway in one of the most celebrated musicals in theater history as she takes on the role of “Dolly Gallagher Levi” in Hello, Dolly!. Produced by Scott Rudin and directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, the new production will open on April 20, 2017.
Midler’s iconic 1972 debut album The Divine Miss M will also be re-issued this year. THE DIVINE MISS M: DELUXE EDITION will be available on October 21 as a 2-CD set that includes the remastered album, plus a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos, as well as new liner notes written by Midler. This pivotal recording set Midler on her path, driving her more than 40-year career and selling over 30 million albums. The performer has toured the world, published two books and appeared in more than two dozen films, including The Rose, Beaches, Ruthless People, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club, For the Boys and Parental Guidance. In addition to her work on stage and in films, Midler has made her mark in television with the Emmy Award-winning CBS special Ol’ Red Hair Is Back and several HBO concerts; “Live at Last” and “Art or Bust”, and the Emmy Award-winning “Diva Las Vegas”. In 1992, Midler starred in the CBS television adaptation of the musical Gypsy, for which she won both a Golden Globe and the National Board of Review Award for her performance. In January 2009, she concluded her sold-out Vegas spectacular The Showgirl Must Go On, at Caesars Palace, with more than 200 performances.
In 2014, Midler released her latest album It’s The Girls, a stunning new recording that pays tribute to girl groups through the ages. It’s The Girls is a jaunty and celebratory collection of some of the greatest harmonies performed by girl groups such as The Ronettes, The Boswell Sisters, The Andrew Sisters, The Chiffons as well as Motown acts like Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, and The Marvelettes, among others. The album reunited Midler with long-time collaborator and Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman who produced the album. It’s The Girls features 15 songs that span time from The Andrews Sisters’ original performance of “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” in 1937 to R&B group TLC’s 1994 hit song, “Waterfalls.” On the title track, Midler offers a brilliant rendition of The Boswell Sisters (known for their unpredictable harmonies and key changes) tempo-shifting pop classic “It’s The Girl.” The album effortlessly showcases Midler’s distinctive and versatile vocal range while honoring timeless classic melodic harmonies.
On the heels of the new album’s release, Midler returned to the stage for her first major tour in a decade in 2015. The 22-city US nationwide tour included stops at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden before crossing the pond for 5-city UK tour, her first tour in the UK in 35 years.
In addition, Midler performed her signature song “Wind Beneath My Wings” to a star-studded audience and record-breaking amount of viewers at the 2014 Academy Awards. In March 2014, Midler reminded fans of her uncanny wit with the reissue of her 1980 memoir A View From A Broad, which details her first world tour.
After a nearly 40-year absence, Midler returned to Broadway in 2013 to star in the critically acclaimed, sold out one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last where she played the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers. Midler’s performance was hailed by The New York Times as “the most lusciously entertaining performance of the Broadway season.” She reprised her role in the West Coast premiere in Los Angeles in December of that year.
In 1994, Midler started the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing abandoned and neglected parks, gardens and open spaces in all five boroughs back to life. NYRP includes the beautiful New Leaf Café in Fort Tryon Park as part of its success, and is committed to helping restore parks and gardens devastated by Hurricane Sandy.