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Bette Midler's 1-woman show recoups investment

Thursday - 5/30/2013, 7:16pm  ET

FILE - This June 14, 2012 file photo shows entertainer Bette Midler at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards gala in New York. Midler is box office gold _ her one-woman Broadway show has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks. On Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Midler is playing the wondrously snooty super talent agent in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bette Midler is officially box office gold -- her one-woman Broadway show has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks.

On Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Midler is playing the wondrously snooty super talent agent in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers."

Written by John Logan, the play is a straightforward biography of a girl with a heavy German accent who turned herself into a mover and shaker in Hollywood.

The show didn't get a single Tony nomination but has been a tough ticket, pulling in $808,816 last week with only seven shows at full capacity.

Other shows this season that recouped include Tom Hanks' "Lucky Guy," the Al Pacino-led revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "The Heiress" with Jessica Chastain.


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