That intrigues me, why a show that has successfully employed many women who aren't known for vocal prowess seems to hinder one who has a fairly expressive and expansive pop instrument. Is it the pop thing? The legit requirement? I can hear Midler in my head in the opening number -- which seems like the precious patter ditties she often performed in Divine land. And yes, "Dearie..." But what is the noticed negotiation of the score?