Bette Midler, currently in rehearsals for her return to Broadway in I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, is featured in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, on stands now.
Midler, playwright John Logan, and friends of Mengers, the legendary Hollywood “superagent,” were interviewed for the piece by Maureen Dowd and photos of Midler dressed as Sue Mengers, including her signature caftans, tinted sunglasses, and blonde flip hairstyle were taken by Ellen Von Unwerth, exclusively for Vanity Fair.
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, written by Logan, directed by Joe Mantello will begin previews Friday, April 5 and opens Wednesday, April 24 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street). . In addition, Booth Theatre Box Office (222 West 45th Street) will begin selling tickets to the play this Friday, March 15.
Appearing on Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Tony and Grammy Award-winning superstar Bette Midler will play the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers (1932-2011) in the new, one-character play.
Sue Mengers was an American original. She was the first female “superagent” at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn’t exist, she invented that as well: “Superagent.” It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970’s, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess.