Tonight marks the opening for Bette Midler’s return to Broadway in John Logan’s new one-woman play I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, directed by Joe Mantello at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) for a strictly limited engagement of 89 performances only.
In addition, the production has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition.” Midler spoke to Rachel Martin about returning to Broadway, taking on the role of Sue Mengers, and life in the public eye. To hear the full feature, visit: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/21/177825372/l-a-on-bway-midler-mengers-take-manhattan
In today’s Wall Street Journal, playwright John Logan is profiled by Barbara Chai. Logan spoke about meeting Mengers, the challenges of writing a one-character play, and the music he listens to while writing. The read the full feature, visit: http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/print/WSJ_-A022-20130424.pdf
Today’s Los Angeles Times features an interview with Logan about Sue Mengers as a Hollywood superagent and how Hollywood changed during Sue’s time. To read the full feature, visit: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-sue-mengers-20130424,0,194329.story
Logan was also featured in Sunday’s Bergen Record. Logan spoke to Robert Feldberg about Mengers’ list of celebrity clients and how Midler joined the production. To read the feature, visit: http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/theater/203956151_Bette_Midler_returns_to_Broadway_as_super-agent_Sue_Mengers_as_late_super-agent_in_Broadway_play.html?page=all
Appearing on Broadway for the first time in almost 40 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.
The creative team includes three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask (scenic design), Academy Award winner Ann Roth (costume design), three-time Tony nominee Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), and Drama Desk Award winner Fitz Patton (sound design).
I’LL EAT YOU LAST is produced on Broadway by Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B. Platt, and Scott & Brian Zeilinger.