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RADIO CITY PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES FOUR-WEEK ENGAGEMENT BY BETTE MIDLER; RADIO CITY ENGAGEMENT TO HIGHLIGHT HER FIRST NATIONAL TOUR IN 10 YEARS

 LOS ANGELES, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Radio City Music Hall Productions today announced an unprecedented four-week engagement at the Music Hall by Bette Midler -- one of today's most respected and captivating performers. The internationally acclaimed star of stage, screen and television will conduct her first national concert tour in more than 10 years from August through December. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1993, Ms. Midler will return in an exclusive engagement to the Music Hall for her first live New York concert in 10 years. The show, part of the "Nobody Beats the Wiz Concert Series, Live at Radio City," will run through Saturday, Oct. 9. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 24, at 9:00 a.m. Other cities on the tour will include St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Saratoga, N.Y., Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati and Los Angeles, among others.
 This new show will feature songs from Ms. Midler's extensive recording career, which includes such hits as "Wind Beneath My Wings," "From a Distance," "The Rose," "Do You Want To Dance," and more. Bette Midler last performed at Radio City in 1983, when she sold out seven nights at the Music Hall. Since then, her only other live New York appearance was during the 1991 Grammy Awards Show, also held at Radio City. Ms. Midler's career began in the early 1970s, when she captivated the nation as the outrageous chanteuse "The Divine Miss M," and has since gone on to become an internationally-recognized superstar. Her diverse talents have earned her two Academy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and a Tony Award. Alongside her highly successful stage shows -- "Clams on the Half Shell" and "Divine Madness" -- Ms. Midler has also starred in several successful motion pictures, beginning with her debut performance in "The Rose." Her other feature films include "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "Ruthless People," "Big Business," "Beaches," and the upcoming "Hocus Pocus," which Disney will release this summer. In 1991, Ms. Midler's "Beaches" soundtrack album topped the charts, and remained there for two years. That same year, the song "Wind Beneath My Wings" rocketed to number one.
 "We're thrilled that Bette is bringing her genius talent to Radio City and to her millions of fans," said Scott Sanders, executive producer for Radio City Music Hall Productions. "There are very few performers working today who could fill the Music Hall for one week, let alone an unprecedented month-long run. Bette Midler is amazing in concert, and we're certainly looking forward to an SRO engagement."
 "I've always loved the thrill of appearing live," said Ms. Midler. "After 10 years of making movies, I wanted to get back to my performing roots." She continued, "Radio City is the most beautiful theater in the world, and it's in one of my favorite cities. I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time in the Big Apple, the city that helped me get my start."
 Tickets for Ms. Midler's concerts at Radio City go on sale Monday, May 24, 1993, at 9:00 a.m. Priced at $60, $50 and $40, tickets can be purchased at the Music Hall box office (50th Street and Avenue of the Americas), through TicketMaster outlets and by calling TicketMaster phone lines at 212-307-7171.
 Radio City Music Hall Productions, a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Group, Inc., is a worldwide entertainment production company offering event marketing opportunities in the areas of concerts, theatricals, television shows, special events and corporate events.
 For further information regarding Bette Midler's four-week engagement at Radio City Music Hall, call 212-247-4777. For tour information, contact 212-582-1111.
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 /CONTACT: Jay Winuk, Kevin Brockman or Annie Fort of Radio City, 212-632-4085; or Leslee Dart in New York, 212-582-1111, or Catherine Olim in Los Angeles, 213-954-4000, both of PMK, for Bette Midler/


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