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The Divine Miss Bette

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    1 Jan - 31 Dec 2018

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    In the style of Peace Train and Looking Through A Glass Onion....

    Trained by the man who discovered Midler himself, Catherine Alcorn is THE DIVINE MISS BETTE!

     "See this diva before she's on broadway!" - Georgia Costello, Theatre Alive

     "What a performer! Alcorn is practically flawless. A rare gift."- TheatrePeople.com.au

     Catherine has been wrapping audiences around her sizzling little fingers since hitting Sydney stages in 2010 as she channels Bette Midler in her hilarious cabaret tribute The Divine Miss Bette.

    Ladies and germs, this is your chance to become intimately acquainted with one of the greatest cabaret artists of our time. Created by Peter Cox, writer of Darren Coggan's MoonshadowsThe Divine Miss Bette is a sensational 100 minute trip down Midler lane, reminiscent of the 1970's Palace Theatre tour including the Staggering Harlettes and those wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes! Bawdy, brash and just as glamorous as the original, Alcorn will push ALL of your boundaries.  

    The show features a live 6 piece band, shockingly hot choreography and a fabulous repertoire that will satisfy every Midler fan including Friends, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Miss Otis Regrets to the mesmerising Am I Blue and Hello in There all before you're taking on the ride down Hollywood Avenue with Wind Beneath My Wings and The Rose.

    You do not want to miss this show!

    “The show is like a snort of something expensive and naughty” 

    – Stage Noise Sydney

    “She’s bloody talented. She can sing. She can act. She has comic timing...the confidence, the unmitigated chutzpah…”

    – Crikey Sydney

    “Between the tall tales, double entendre, and tongue-in-cheek vulgarity, the heartache behind the humour, most evident in Alcorn's rendition of Am I Blue, elevates her titillating tribute to a tender triumph.”

     – The West Australian

    “Alcorn’s voice is superb. Her length and pitch on the final notes of ‘Am I Blue’ has to be heard to be believed”

     – Aussie Theatre Perth

    “The Idolize Speigeltent was packed with an adoring audience who rose to her every command.”

    – Aussie Theatre Perth

    “A helluva lot of butt-wiggling, boob squeezing and classic Midler filth…you won’t be disappointed by Alcorn’s charisma, energy and sharp comedic timing on stage.”

    – Out in Perth

    “Alcorn's beautifully trained voice oscillates between musical hits spanning the past 40 years”

    – Theatre People Melbourne

    “From the moment the Divine Miss Bette, aka Catherine Alcorn fluttered onto stage, she had the audience wrapped around her little finger in what was a thoroughly rapturous performance.” 

    – Theatre People Melbourne

    “ Alcorn had the audience engaged and in the palm of her hands from the beginning, a rare gift

    - Theatre Alive Melbourne

    Reviews Feature

    Catherine Alcorn in The Divine Miss Bette

    by Georgia Costello, Theatre Alive

    Audience responses:

    “A really charismatic performance, a lot of fun.” 

    “Talent and sass! This is what good cabaret is all about.” 

    “What a voice! I bet the neighbours were thinking, 'I didn’t know Bette Midler was in town'”

    From the moment the Divine Miss Bette, aka Catherine Alcorn fluttered onto stage, she had the audience wrapped around her little finger in what was a thoroughly rapturous performance. 

    Alcorn simply rocked The Butterfly Club - one of Melbourne’s most intimate venues wherein if your arm was just a tad longer you could almost feel the sequins on Divine Miss Bette's dress. 

    Alcorn’s attempt to recreate Midler’s 1973 concert at the Palace Theatre, New York, works a treat and she is ably assisted by her Harlettes, Paris (Karla Hillam) and Britney (Michelle Brasier).

    The scantily clad Harlettes prove as much a delight for the voyeur within as for their obvious vocal skills. Karla Hillam is particularly alluring and it won’t be long until she demands her own stage. 

    Alcorn's beautifully trained voice oscillates between musical hits spanning the past 40 years and harmlessly smutty Sophie Tucker jokes, providing at times hilarious comic relief. 

    The nuanced manner in which Alcorn channels Bette Midler is outright clever and has you wondering whether it is possible an impersonator can be a better version of the original. 

    See this diva before she’s on Broadway.

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    Written By
    Peter Cox
    Directed By
    Peter Cox
    Choreographer
    Katrina Gooding
    Starring
    Catherine Alcorn as The Divine Miss Bette
    Availability Status
    Available at short notice

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