Bette Midler impersonator Jennica McCleary wants to give you a Bette-ducation

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Growing up in a small, midwestern town in Ohio can be tough for a girl with aspirations of big city fame, but that journey can be a bit more motivated when you share a likeness to one of the greatest stage entertainers in the world.

“As I was growing up and getting into dance and theater everyone would always tell me, ‘Do you know who you look like? You look like a young Bette Midler,’” says Jennica McCleary. “And I would say ‘I hear that all the time.’”

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and Bette Midler win big at Tony Awards

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Dear Evan Hansen” and Bette Midler reigned over the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday raking in wins, and in Midler’s case, giving an unconventional acceptance speech.

Lin-Manuel Miranda presented the award for Best Musical to the breakout production about teen suicide. “Dear Evan Hansen” received awards for Best Score, Book, Orchestrations, Featured Actress in a Musical and Leading Actor in a Musical, totaling six awards for the night.

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“Great Comet,” “Hello Dolly!” lead Tony nods

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NEW YORK (AP) – “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” a musical that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” earned a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, which also saw nods for Bette Midler, Kevin Kline, Josh Groban, Danny DeVito and Cate Blanchett.

Groban earned a nod for portraying – in a fat suit – an unhappy husband in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” His musical will now compete for the best new musical Tony with “Come From Away,” ”Dear Evan Hansen” and “Groundhog Day.”

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Fan collapses at ‘Hello, Dolly!’ says he’d ‘rather die than miss Act Two’

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One Bette Midler fan wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of seeing Midler perform live on Broadway in “Hello, Dolly!,” not even his health.

Page Six reports a 53-year-old man from Los Angeles fell ill during Act One but refused to leave the theater until the show was over.

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Watermark’s 2017 Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem – Sweet Sixteen

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***Go to the Top 8 here.***

 

The first round of Watermark’s “March Fabness” is complete as we go into spring in search of the Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem.

Some of the opening match-ups were nail biters (RuPaul and Queen were back and forth) and some were runaway trains that weren’t even close (Katy Perry and Beyonce didn’t stand a chance against legends Gloria Gaynor and Whitney Houston).

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Watermark’s 2017 Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem – OPENING ROUND

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Last year, we asked you to tell us who the Ultimate LGBTQ Icon is. After four rounds of a knockdown,drag-out brawl and a few surprises (Adam Lambert brought down Lady Gaga!) you named the first openly gay person to be elected to American public office, Harvey Milk, the winner.

This year, we are asking our beloved readers and fans to pick another LGBTQ Ultimate, the Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem.

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Ultimate LGBT Icon Tournament: SEMINIFINALS

By : Jamie Hyman & Jeremy Williams
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Well, well, well. In the penultimate round of voting in our Ultimate LGBT Icon tournament, things have certainly gotten interesting.

Fact: no matter the results of this round, the finals will pit a gay person against a straight person.

Fact: three out of four of the semi-finalists are women.

Fact: We can’t wait to see who you choose to advance to the finals.  Bracket and voting after the jump!

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March Madness: Ultimate LGBT Icon SEMIFINALS

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All right readers, we’re getting down to the wire. Last round, you narrowed 16 contenders for the Ultimate LGBT Icon into a scant eight. Two from each category remain: Divas, Film, Television and Sports & Politics.

Fresh bracket and new polls after the jump: 

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Kelly Clarkson talks new equality-inspired anthem, gay bars and her ‘Kezbo’ following

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Before catapulting to pop stardom, Kelly Clarkson was one of us. In many ways, she still is.

The original American Idol, who memorably erupted into waterworks when she won the first season of the reality show in 2002, wasn’t always able to muster the willpower she’s instilled in the gay community through her uncompromising persona and liberating pop anthems, including those on her latest album, Piece by Piece.

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Bette Midler talks early LGBT support, ‘diva’ degradation, twerking and equal wig rights

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Before the whole world knew her as “The Divine Miss M,” Bette Milder was ours. In the early ’70s, bawdy, belt-y Bette was performing for the NYC bathhouse boys, and don’t think she’s forgotten it, either. “I mean, if I had a nickel for everybody that said they saw me at the baths,” says Midler in our recent interview, “I would be Joe Billionaire by now!”

Midler would go on to global fame, reaching beyond music to become a celebrated name in film, television and on the stage, winning Grammys, Golden Globes, Emmys and a special Tony Award. And in fall 2014, the eagerly awaited return of one of show business’s most versatile performers arrived with the release of her first album in eight years, It’s the Girls!, a tribute to some of the greatest female harmonies in history.

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