Oscars 2019: Bette Midler to perform ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ song live

Bette Midler has been confirmed as a performer at the 2019 Oscars ceremony.

Midler, who is a longterm friend of American composer Marc Shaiman, will accompany him on stage for a rendition of the Oscar-nominated song ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ taken from Mary Poppins Returns.

Taking to social media, Midler confirmed said: “So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that’s singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24…the nominated song from “Mary Poppins”…”The Place Where Lost Things Go” …so excited!”

Shaiman will be on the piano for the performance as Midler takes over on the vocals, a part originally performed by Emily Blunt. “As a child of the ’60s, I grew up obsessed with the ‘Mary Poppins’ soundtrack, learning everything about songwriting and film scoring from it,” Shaiman wrote on Facebook.

“As a teenager in the ’70s, I became obsessed with new star Bette Midler, who fate amazingly led me to, resulting in our 40-year relationship. Could I have ever imagined that one day Bette Midler would sing a song I co-wrote with Scott Wittman for a sequel to ‘Mary Poppins’ at the Academy Awards?! My heart is exploding.”

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