Saturday 18 January 2020

‘Shut that crap off’ – Bette Midler won't be silenced by orchestra during Tony Awards speech

Bette Midler at the Tony Awards. PIC: Getty
Bette Midler at the Tony Awards. PIC: Getty
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Bette Middler was giving an epic Tony Awards speech when the orchestra began to play her off.

She was having none of it.

Midler won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hello, Dolly! and refused to leave the stage until she had had her say.

"I'd like to thank all the Tony voters, many of whom I've actually dated," she began and she continued to talk about the role and thank many of the creative team.

However, when the orchestra gently tried to get her to wrap up, she roared, "Shut that crap off!".

The musicians duly stopped playing, and she continued, "I just want to say that 'revival' is an interesting word.  It means something was near death and was brought back to life.  Hello, Dolly! never really went away.  It's in our DNA.  It's optimisim.  It's democracy.  It's colour.  It's hilarity.  This is a classic - come and see it.  It's not just me.  This thing has the ability to lift your spirits in these terrible times."

We reckon her speech was worth the wait.

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