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Bette Midler's 'Hocus Pocus' Halloween Costume Was One of the Best Ever!

Bette Midler had one of the best Halloween costumes ever when she recreated her look from the 1993 fan favorite film Hocus Pocus at her annual Hulaween party last year! Bette‘s costume earns a place in our 31 Days of Halloween countdown!

In the film, Bette starred as Winifred Sanderson, one of three witches whose goal was to suck the souls out of the children in Salem, Massachusetts. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy also starred in the film as Winifred’s cohorts.

If you didn’t hear the news, Hocus Pocus is in talks to be rebooted by the Disney Channel with a new plot and cast.

Bette will be holding her annual Hulaween Bash this year on October 30 at NYC’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to benefit her non-profit New York Restoration Project (NYRP). Get your tickets now!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Bette Midler’s 2016 Halloween costume??

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Bernadette Peters to Replace Bette Midler in 'Hello, Dolly!' on Broadway!

Broadway will officially be saying “hello” to a new Dolly next year when Bernadette Peters joins the cast of Hello, Dolly!

The legendary Broadway star is set to replace Tony winner Bette Midler in the title role and it is rumored that Victor Garber will be joining her in the cast.

The news was announced after Victor‘s husband Rainer Andreesen accidentally wrote about the casting in a public comment on Instagram.

While Victor‘s casting has not been officially announced yet, BroadwayWorld.com reports that the news will be announced later this month with more casting changes.

Bernadette‘s first performance is on January 20 and her official opening night is schedule for February 22. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 9.

Bette Midler Outlasts Playoff Music During Tony Awards Acceptance Speech! (Video)

In one of the best moments from the 2017 Tony Awards, Best Actress in a Musical winner Bette Midler outlasted the orchestra trying to play her off stage in the middle of her acceptance speech!

Halfway into the over four-minute speech, the orchestra started playing the music to “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” which of course has the line, “let’s go on with the show.” Bette continued talking over the music and eventually said, “shut that crap off!”

Despite talking for over four minutes, Bette still forgot to thank some people.

“In all the pandemonium tonight I neglected to thank the brilliant ensemble of ‘Hello Dolly,’ whom I adore. Please forgive me kids! I’m old!” she tweeted.


Bette Midler Wins Best Leading Actress In A Musical
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Bette Midler & Ben Platt Win Tonys for Best Actress & Actor!

Bette Midler and Ben Platt hold their Tonys while accept the awards on stage at the 2017 Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday (June 11) in New York City

The legendary actress won the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work in Hello, Dolly and she might have also won the distinction of only person to outlast the music trying to play the winner off stage!

Bette told the producers to “shut that crap off” while trying to give her acceptance speech and she continued to speak even after the music ended.

Ben, who is just 23, won the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his work in Dear Evan Hansen.

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Bette Midler Joins 'Hello Dolly' Cast at Tony Awards 2017!

Bette Midler looks glamorous on the red carpet at the 2017 Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday (June 11) in New York City

The legendary actress was joined at the event by her daughter Sophie Von Haselberg, as well as her co-stars David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, and Kate Baldwin.

Bette, David, Gavin, and Kate are all nominated for their performances in Hello, Dolly, which is up for 10 awards including Best Revival of a Musical.

David is expected to perform the song “Penny in My Pocket” during the show while Bette will hit the stage to present an award.

FYI: Bette is wearing a Michael Kors Collection gown and clutch. Kate is wearing a Cristina Ottaviano gown.

10+ pictures inside of Bette Midler and the cast of Hello Dolly at the show… More Here! »

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Bette Midler Might Not Perform at Tony Awards for 'Hello, Dolly'

There’s a good chance that we won’t be seeing a performance from nominee Bette Midler at the 2017 Tony Awards next weekend.

The legendary entertainer is nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work in Hello, Dolly, which is nominated for ten awards. While it was expected that Bette would perform the famous title number, it seems like it’s no longer likely.

The producers of the musical reportedly want Bette and the cast to perform live from the Shubert Theatre, where the show is performed seven times a week, rather than at Radio City Music Hall, according to the New York Times.

“We don’t discuss specifics about the musical performances in advance of the telecast. The show is still in the planning stage and subject to change,” a spokeswoman for the Tony Awards told the paper.

The awards show has reportedly declined a remote performance and it’s likely that leading man David Hyde Pierce will perform a solo number instead. Bette will present an award if she does not perform.

Meet Broadway's Tony-Nominated Musical Actresses of 2017!

There is so much talent on Broadway this season and the Tony-nominated actresses from musicals stepped out at the Meet the Nominees Press Junket this week in New York City!

Miss Saigon‘s Eva Noblezada, War Paint‘s Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, and The Great Comet‘s Denee Benton are all nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Also nominated but not in attendance at the event was Hello Dolly‘s Bette Midler.

This race is very exciting as it’s pitting three theater legends – Lupone, Ebersole, and Midler – against two newcomers – Noblezada and Benton.

Eva was selected for the lead role in Miss Saigon after being discovered at the National Musical Theatre Awards a few years ago. At the age of 18, she starred in the London production of the musical and now she’s starring in the show on Broadway!

You may recognize Denee from her work on the Lifetime series UnREAL. Make sure to go see her in her Broadway debut opposite Josh Groban.

The nominees in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical category were also at the event – Hello Dolly‘s Kate Baldwin, FalsettosStephanie J. Block, Come from Away‘s Jenn Colella, Dear Evan Hansen‘s Rachel Bay Jones, and Anastasia‘s Mary Beth Peil.

Get your tickets now to see a show on Broadway. You won’t regret it!

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