The divine Bette Midler hasn’t been on Broadway since 1979, but all that could change if one Tony Award-winning playwright gets his way.
John Logan, who won the 2010 Tony for Best Play for his drama Red, is reportedly hoping that Midler will star in his upcoming one-woman show about Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers, according to the New York Post.
Mengers, who died last year, was a major power player in Hollywood at the height of her career. Between the ‘60s and the early ‘80s, Mengers represented a number of A-list clients, including Bob Fosse, Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Gore Vidal, Mike Nichols, Steve McQueen and Cher.
Sources close to Midler say that she has expressed interest in the play, primarily because “a one-person show isn’t as risky as shouldering a big musical.” Midler last appeared on Broadway in 1979’s Bette! Divine Madness, although she recently served as a producer on 2011’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert.