Bette Midler’s Vegas Extravaganza: The Showgirl Must Go On

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On

It’s been four long years since Bette Midler last dazzled audiences on the stage in the United States. But next week, she’ll open at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas with what looks to be a knock-out crowd-pleaser in The Showgirl Must Go On. The stage is sure to display the admired diva’s well-known reputation for extravagance.  The set has taken more than a year to construct and has pieces that were created in Los Angeles, New Jersey and New York before being shipped to Las Vegas.  The pieces include three 45-foot-tall trees and curtains that were created out of hundreds of thousands of individually painted gold coins.

Pink clouds compose one of the many electronic images that will glide across a video monitor the size of a movie screen, which serves as a backdrop for the stage.  Bette’s headdress is made of 63 pink silk feathers, nearly 20 feet tall and weighing 3,200 pounds (no, she will not actually wear it).  To amplify her on-stage frolicking, Midler will have a wealth of visual props on hand, along with a 13-piece band, 20 female dancers, 4 backup singers and 5 changes of costume.

The Showgirl Must Go On

Bette Midler: The Rose, Las Vegas (1997)

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On

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