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I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers - Broadway

Bette Midler stars as famed superagent Sue Mengers in John Logan’s new play.


What Is the Story of I’ll Eat You Last?
Set in 1981, the solo comedy I'll Eat You Last takes audiences into the parlor of Tinseltown’s number one agent, Sue Mengers (Bette Midler). Mengers is about to throw one of her legendary, star-studded dinner parties, but her plans are overshadowed by having just been fired by superstar client Barbra Streisand. As Sue awaits an explanatory phone call from the Funny Girl star, she shares an array of juicy Hollywood stories. This jaw-dropping comedy charts Sue Mengers’ rise from a child of the Holocaust to movieland power player.

Should I See It?

What Is I’ll Eat You Last Like?
Written by three-time Oscar nominee and Tony winner John Logan (Red) and directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked), I’ll Eat You Last gives audiences an 80-minute-long peek into the world of the Hollywood gods. The show is anchored in a sensational stage performance by Bette Midler (who has not appeared on the Great White Way since 1980). As superagent Sue Mengers, Midler rehashes some of Hollywood’s juiciest stories as well as Mengers’ career highs and lows. The one-act play is set entirely inside Mengers’ stunning Beverly Hills living room (designed by Tony winner Scott Pask), and Midler doesn’t leave the peach-colored couch until curtain call, but fear not: Ms. Midler runs a marathon from that sofa. The show is a must-see for Midler fans and Hollywood aficionados alike.

Is I’ll Eat You Last Good for Kids?
I’ll Eat You Last is not the best show to bring young ones to. As audiences enter the Booth Theatre, the curtain reads, “Warning: This play contains profanity, smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, and gossip.” Midler cusses up a storm, smokes grass and pours a stiff drink…and the comedy wouldn’t be the same if she didn’t.