I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, starring Better Midler has found a home. The new play by Tony Award winner John Logan and directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello will play the Booth Theatre. The limited engagement will begin preview performances April 5 and officially opens April 24.
Appearing on Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Tony and Grammy Award-winning superstar Bette Midler will play the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers (1932-2011) in the new, one-character play. Midler made her Broadway debut in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof and later appeared in three concert engagements. Her most recent Broadway involvement was as a lead producer for the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Sue Mengers was the first female “superagent” at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn’t exist, she invented that as well: “Superagent.” It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970′s, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess.
The creative team includes three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask (scenic design), Academy Award winner Ann Roth (costume design), three-time Tony nominee Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), and Drama Desk Award winner Fitz Patton (sound design).
Tickets for the general public go on sale February 16 at 10 AM, however, American Express cardholders may purchase tickets beginning February 2.