Vegas Bets on Bette

updated 04/21/2004 AT 1:00 AM ET

originally published 02/09/1999 AT 12:00 AM ET

Bette Midler will ring in the year 2000 with a few thousand people at the new Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. The Divine Miss M will perform shows on New Year’s Eve and Jan. 1, it was announced Thursday. Tickets will cost up to $500. Obviously Vegas is a hot spot to be Dec. 31. Another singer, Barbra Streisand, has already sold out at the MGM Grand. Tickets to see her went from $2,500 to $500,000 (that price includes a massage).

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