When there were first rumblings of a pre-Broadway production of Iris Rainer Dart’s Beaches, the novel that inspired the 1988 film equivalent of chopped onions starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, most of us couldn’t help but dream of a full-on “Wind Beneath My Wings”-level Broadway affair.
A musical production of Beaches, the beloved story of a pair of life-long girlfriends, is coming to the Chicago stage.
If Bette Midler’s Oscar-night performance didn’t ruin ”The Wind Beneath My Wings” for you, good news: A far superior version — gorgeously sung by star Alysha Umphress, with lovely barely-there accompaniment — awaits in this world-premiere tuner, playing through March 30 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. (Incidentally, that’s the only musical remnant from the 1988 big-screen weepie.) Original novelist Iris Rainer Dart wisely simplifies her flashback-filled, globe-trotting story of childhood friends Cee Cee (Umphress) and Bertie (Mara Davi).
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