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Report from Bethenny's night at the Hippodrome


Intern Brittany Santarpio reports on last night's appearance at the Hippodrome by Bethenny Frankel:

The phrase “It’s going to be a good night” blared out at the Hippodrome Theatre to introduce the 13th and final night of Bethenny Frankel’s SkinnyGirl Night Out tour on Saturday.

Not all the seats were full, but the theater was still full of cheers as the “Real Housewife” made her entrance. The audience parted as Bethenny danced her way toward the stage.

“Tonight’s not going to be the same,” Frankel said of the rowdy and inappropriate Baltimore crowd.

On stage, less was more. A stool propped beside a small round cocktail table was topped with a martini glass (filled with a SkinnyGirl blend, natch), a bouquet of deep red roses and her two books.

During the conversation, photographs of Bethenny, her husband Jason and daughter Bryn spanned across a screen behind her. As the audience whaled out “awww,” Frankel tied in the discussion with the images.

“Everything is a different decision when you have a family,” she said.

The conversation was structured in to three parts: Gossip, review of her books “Naturally Thin and “Skinny Girl Dish,” with some commentary on her new book, “A Place of Yes.” With a carefree attitude, Bethenny left the direction of the discussion up to the audience. Topics drifted from talk of healthy eating, motherhood to marriage, gossip and closed with a Q & A with members of the audience.

Frankel’s No. 1 rule of the night: “Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself.”

After sharing that the SkinnyGirl margarita was turned down by major liquor companies and that her first book was rejected by publishers, Bethenny stressed how she continued to do things her way.

“Take experiences and make them your business,” said Frankel.

That’s exactly what she did. The creator of the successful SkinnyGirl brand, pulled from her time spent in bartending school and formed her own label.

“Sometimes you have to stand alone and keep moving forward,” said Frankel.

After tagging Baltimore as her most inappropriate crowd, Bethenny handled questions from the audience.

Kristen Oxendine of Annapolis loved how real Bethenny was. “She’s exactly the same person in real life that she is on stage,” she said.

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