Bette Midler's Show Goes On

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Bette Midler

Bette Midler is taking Las Vegas by storm with her new concert show, The Showgirl Must Go On. Ethan Miller/Getty Images for AEG Live/Concerts West hide caption

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The "Divine Miss M" talks about her legendary career, her outrageous characters and her new Las Vegas concert show The Showgirl Must Go On.

"I'm giving Sin City a roasting and toasting she'll never forget," Midler says.

The Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Academy award winner says that she — just like the city of Las Vegas — has flirted with "family entertainment" and then ultimately returned to a more raucous performance style.

Full of feathers and sequins, Midler's new act has been described as a romp and roll spectacular — but it's a lot of work, too:

"It has to be really good," Midler says, "It has to be perfect — and it has to be mesmerizing. And in order for it to look easy, you have to work very hard."

Midler says the theatrical experience can be fantastic — she recalls her life being "turned upside down" by performances by Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

"I don't take myself as seriously as maybe I ought to," Midler says, "but I'm very, very serious about what I give my audiences."

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