Was it superfan excitement and hype or a star who can't sustain a run? (even of previews)
I am wondering if you saw the same performance the early chatters on this site saw.
If Bette is starting to phone it in, Rudin and rest of the producers better be worried because the critics are going to be dropping in soon.
BTW: I am not questioning your take on Bette Midler or the show.