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Have you heard about the latest sensation to hit Broadway? I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler chronicles the life of Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers (1932-2011). Sue, played by the Divine Miss M, was a legend in her time and represented the biggest names in show business (Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O’Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse).

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I'll Eat You Last

I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler is currently playing on Broadway at the Booth Theatre through June 30th! For more information, visit IllEatYouLast.com.

For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers’s clients were the talk of the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now for a limited time (best show availability is on Sunday, May 12th and Sunday, June 2nd), audiences are invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell.

I’m honored that Scott Pask, the set designer for I’ll Eat You Last, is giving a web-exclusive tour to Design Happens of the Broadway set (where we can see Sue’s home decor and tastes really come to life — she loved white flowers, silver and the National Enquirer). Watch the clip now:

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As Scott mentioned, Sue Mengers’s real-life house (pictured below) was designed by a name that may be familiar to some D-Happers — John Elgin Woolf. Woolf (1908-1980) built or renovated homes for many wealthy and famous Los Angeles area residents in the 1950s and 1960s. It was said of him in his obituary that he, “…established a new vocabulary for glamorous movie-star living.”

Sue Mengers's John Elgin Woolf home

Sue Mengers’s John Elgin Woolf home (Photo From The Real Estalker)

Now, on to your chance to win! Design Happens, I’ll Eat You Last and CB2 have partnered to give you items to help with hosting your very own Sue Mengers-inspired dinner party. To win an I’ll Eat You Last tote bag, script, a Wine Bites cookbook, a one-year subscription to HGTV Magazine and a CB2 Party of 4 Starter Set, simply leave a comment on this post. You can answer this question: What do you think is the key to throwing a successful dinner party?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on May 10, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. ET on May 17, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $148. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.



24 Responses

  1. a successful dinner party requires, good friends, good food and alcohol.

  2. Ann says:

    Music and of course the guests!

  3. @bookchickdi says:

    I loved Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last and Scott's set was fabulous. Since it's a one-woman show, the set becomes another character and this one is so fascinating.
    The key to a great dinner party? Wine- lots and lots of wine.

  4. I agree with Sue – great people for great chat.

  5. Andy Baker says:

    A successful dinner party is measured by the how much fun you have with the people you invite. As well as the amount of times your guests say " Mmmmmm, this is wonderful! I need this recipe!"

  6. Danielle says:

    Inviting bette Midler of course!

  7. cesco says:

    A creative,small welcome gift at each setting,conversation topics at the ready, a speciality cocktail prior and for gods sake, bathroom fragrance, mints and fresh hand towels … Aaaaaamen! XX

  8. Nina says:

    How great! I am trying desperately to catch this show!

  9. Alex says:

    The key to a successful dinner party? The twinklies, naturally!

  10. Mason says:

    Dinner parties are great fun! The best way to make one enjoyable for all is to have fabulous music, an eclectic group of friends, and a menu that covers a wide range of tastes. Alcohol is helpful too!!!

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