‘That last show at the Tubs was the worst. I’m telling you, it was the pits, honey.” Curled on the couch in her Greenwich Village apartment, Bette Midler flutters a hand over her heart at the mere memory of that last chaotic gig at The Continental Baths. Without her stage make-up, she fades into plainness. Except for the nose, which remains formidable in the Streisand mold, the features contained within her pear-shaped face are vague and nondescript. Even her electric orange curls seem to settle down into a dull carrot-colored mass. Bette Midler, offstage, looks like a girl who doesn’t get asked out on Saturday night. “When I looked out and saw how many people that bastard Ostrow had packed into that place, I was sick. Wait until you see me on New Year’s Eve at Philharmonic Hall, that’s gonna be a good one. But that last show at the baths was just a complete bummer. To begin with, it must have been at least a hundred degrees down there the way he packed those poor boys in. At first we couldn’t even get through the crowd to get back to the dressing room. To make things worse, one of… Read full this story
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