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Midler: 'Showgirl' audiences leave happy

Jan. 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Entertainer Bette Midler says people are enjoying her Las Vegas stage show despite the harsh economic climate, and that makes her happy.

The 63-year-old actress and singer's act, "The Showgirl Must Go On," opened nearly a year ago at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

"I think it was really good timing. For me, I couldn't have done it any sooner. Everybody is so happy we have jobs," Midler told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"It's so strange out there. I think it was actually fortuitous. So far, we're doing great business and keeping our fingers crossed," she said. "The one thing we have to offer, we are peddling joy with both hands. You come to our show and you will leave a happy camper. In a downturn, people need a few laughs. I know that sounds corny, and I can imagine some old-timer saying it. (But) I'm always happy to be uplifted when I go to a show. People look forward to it during the hard times. If they're looking forward to it, we got it."

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