Bette Midler, who began her Broadway career as an understudy in Fiddler on the Roof, has announced plans to return to Broadway for the first time in more than 30 years to star in a one-woman play about Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers.
The play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, is scheduled to open April 24 and will be directed by Joe Mantello. Written by John Logan, the author of the Tony-Award winning play Red and the recent James Bond movie Skyfall, I’ll Eat You Last takes place on one night in Mengers’ life.
Mengers, who began her career as a receptionist at a boutique talent firm, rose to success as an agent to some of the most famous stars in Hollywood. One of few women in an industry dominated by men, her clients included Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Michael Caine. After retiring, she held informal gatherings for stars at her home until her death in 2011.
Midler, known to her fans as “The Divine Miss M,” has performed onstage in Clams on the Half Shell, for which she won an honorary Tony Award and Experience the Divine, which set an all-time record for a six-week engagement at Radio City Music Hall, as well as The Divine Miss Millennium Tour; Kiss My Brass, and The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
She also produced the 2011 musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, based on the 1994 movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Midler has won Grammys, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards as well as the Tony, and sold 30 million records worldwide.