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by Cam MacDonald
posted 13/03/2023

Catherine Alcorn – The Divine Miss Bette


March 29 – April 1, 2023


Multiple award-winner and entertainer Catherine Alcorn returns as the legendary Bette Midler in this joyous music and comedy event – hot on the heels of Sydney World Pride.

Backed by a sizzling live band and dancers Alcorn belts, teases and winks her way through Midler’s iconic catalogue, channeling the beloved diva with her own brand of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent.

With hits such as Friends, In The Mood, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Do You Wanna Dance, The Rose and the show-stopping Wind Beneath My Wings – this deliciously cheeky production is equal parts irreverent and effervescent.

The Divine Miss Bette has sold out across the globe, receiving standing ovations throughout the US and back home, under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Critics have praised Alcorn’s Miss Bette hailing her “a must see” (L.A. TIMES), “absolutely hilarious” (TIME OUT SYDNEY) with  “a voice to die for” (STAGE NOISE).

Offering Sydneysiders the perfect way to cap off their pride celebrations, The Divine Miss Bette will play a limited season at Darlinghurst Theatre Company from March 29 – April 1. Tickets are on sale now via the Darlinghurst Theatre Company Website.

“You had better believe we are dusting off every sequin in Sydney in preparation for this monumental event! It’s what we all need right now…JOY! A laugh, a sing along, perhaps a little cry, and the Divine Miss Bette will deliver that in spades.”

Performing as Bette Midler is a hand-meets-glove experience for Alcorn, known for her big voice, brassy persona and wicked comic timing. First premiering the show in 2009, Catherine had the good fortune to meet and be trained by Steve Ostrow, the man who discovered Midler herself.

“I began working with Catherine in 2009 and instantly recognised the same fire, passion and star quality in her that I saw in a young Bette all those years ago.  Vocally, Catherine is masterful.  Her performances and approach to the material are a masterclass in song interpretation.  Seeing her perform brings me great joy.  Catherine’s energy on stage and her authentic connection to her audiences can’t be taught.  She’s the real deal.  She’s a star.” 

Catherine Alcorn – The Divine Miss Bette

Produced by Tenacious C Presents and Neil Gooding Productions
Choreography by Cameron Mitchell
Lighting design by Peter Rubie

Who: Catherine Alcorn

What: The Divine Miss Bette

Where: Darlinghurst Theatre Co. – 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst

When: Wednesday, 29th March – Saturday, 1st April 2023
8.00pm every night. 2pm matinee on Saturday April 1st

To Find Out More Click Here

About Catherine Alcorn:

Catherine Alcorn is one of the world’s most in-demand entertainers renowned for her powerhouse vocals and razor sharp wit. Catherine has performed her live stage productions to audiences across the globe including Australia, Asia and the USA.

An accomplished theatre and TV producer, in response to COVID-19, Catherine and a team of Sydney producers, launched The Reservoir Room (2020), a virtual venue from Paddington Town Hall for a five week season, live streaming a brand new variety show Friday Night Live (directed by Ted Robinson (Good News Week) and co-hosted with Rodger Corser) and Saturday evening cabaret and live music hours. This project kept over 45 of Sydney’s live entertainment industry workers employed.

In 2021, Catherine went on to present Catherine and Friends, a live-streaming variety concert in association with the Australian Digital Concert Hall featuring an all-star cast including Jean Kittson, Matt Evans, Ursula Yovich, iOTA and more.

In the same year, Catherine won Best Cabaret Show in the Weekly Fringe Awards at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe Festival for Paul + Catherine Sing Together, a new show with comedy legend Paul McDermott.

Most recently, Catherine has launched her new podcast The Catheteria where everyone gets a serve! The podcast focusses on breaking down (the process, not the artist!) what it really takes to sustain a career in the Arts by interviewing the greatest minds in the business. Her guests to date include Matt Gilbertson (HANS), Reuben Kaye (Winner of every cabaret award known to man), Kirby Burgess (Cruel Intentions The Musical) and Phil Scott (The Wharf Revue).