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The Bette Midler Show (1976)

Bette Midler live in concert, filmed in spring of 1976 in Cleveland and shown on HBO.


Tom Trbovich


Jerry Blatt, Bruce Vilanch (as Bruce Vilanche)




Credited cast:
Bette Midler ... Herself - Hostess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlotte Crossley ... Herself - The Harlettes
The Harlettes The Harlettes ... Themselves
Ula Hedwig Ula Hedwig ... Herself - The Harlettes
Sharon Redd Sharon Redd ... Herself - The Harlettes
Donald York Donald York ... Himself - Conductor (as Don York)


Bette Midler live in concert, filmed in spring of 1976 in Cleveland and shown on HBO.

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Comedy | Music







Release Date:

19 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bette Midler Show See more »

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The original HBO version began with the following message about the special: "The show you are about to see is an exact record of what happened live, on stage, at the Cleveland Music Hall on the nights of February 6th and 7th, 1976. Scenes from both performances have been included. No laugh tracks or applause tracks have been added. Nothing has been overdubbed or altered in any way. This is the way it was." See more »


References Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare (1975) See more »


Up the Ladder to the Roof
Written by Vincent DiMirco and Frank Wilson
Performed by Bette Midler
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A Good Bette
19 February 2013 | by brucepantages-1See all my reviews

I am surprised no one has reviewed this TV Special. I saw it once, the night it showed on network television. I had not seen one of her live shows (yet) but I remember being convulsed with laughter and enjoying her antics no end. Much of the content, as I recall, was repeated in subsequent stage shows. It was one of the raunchiest things I had seen on television up to that point and I recall being surprised at some of the things she was doing at the time. But I loved every minute and frankly can't figure out the tepid rating it is getting from the folks here on the IMDb. I wonder if they actually saw the show. I never forgot it and have been on the lookout for a DVD. Should I manage to lay my hands on one, I will be back to update this review. She is certainly one of the greatest performers to come out of the 20th Century and we are well into the 21st and she shows no sign of fatigue.

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