With “Parental Guidance” a surprise hit, Bette Midler is doubling down on her show-biz comeback.
The actress will return to Broadway this spring for the first time in three decades. And she’s doing it with a Hollywood spin, starring as legendary agent Sue Mengers in a new one-woman play titled “I’ll Eat You Last.”
Screenwriter-playwright John Logan (“Skyfall”) wrote the show about the agent, who died in 2011. Mengers was one of the first of the Hollywood superagents, pioneering a role for women in Hollywood; she had in fact represented many of Midler’s contemporaries, including Barbra Streisand, Burt Reynolds and Faye Dunaway.
Logan said in a statement that upon meeting Mengers he was struck by her style: “the constant cigarettes, tinted glasses, and perfect blond hair were much in evidence; so too the deliciously wicked wit and stevedore language,” but also by something more emotional. There was, he said, “a sense of sadness, a deep resignation, a woman whose time had passed her by.”