arts 03.13.13

I'll Eat You Last

THE MORNING LINE I Support MUG week continues through Friday. Read on to find out how you can win a pair of tickets to see Bette Midler in a new Broadway play and support MUG at the same time.


During her heyday, Sue Mengers was one of the most powerful people in Hollywood.

She was born in 1932 in Hamburg, fled with her family from Nazi Germany, started as a receptionist at the MCA talent agency, eventually becoming a sui generis superagent there for major actors like Barbra Streisand, Michael Caine, and Steve McQueen. She was a brilliant, fierce advocate. A great party-giver. Beloved and, given her power, predictably reviled. Her wit was well-known, and often darkly funny:

When an actress she represented was stricken with terror after the murder of Sharon Tate, she told her, "Don't worry, honey, stars aren't being murdered, only featured players."

She's a great story.

Bette Midler will be starring in I'll Eat You Last starting next month on Broadway in a one woman-show about Mengers, who was nothing if not a one-woman show (Mengers died in 2011). It's written by John Logan (Tony-winner for Red, the play about Mark Rothko, Oscar-winner for the screenplay of Hugo) and directed by Joe Mantello. Quite a team.


We've got a pair of premium tickets to give away for Friday April 19, 8pm, fourth row orchestra seats on the aisle, when the show is in previews at the Booth (it opens April 24 for a limited run). It should be a really fun evening with the Divine Miss M as the Dynamic Miss M(engers).

If you make a credit card or PayPal donation to MUG through this Friday, March 15, you'll be entered to win.

A few details: if you're donating by check, it must be postmarked by March 15; if you've already donated, don't worry, you'll be automatically entered. And yes, you can enter more than once. We'll announce the winner on March 22.

To enter, go to the I Support MUG page:



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