Oh, We Need a Little Merman. Right This Very Minute.

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Because nothing helps chase away the Monday blues better than a dose of Merman.

Stumbled upon this gem while listening to tracks from her disco album. (Yes, I was seeking them out).

Ethel Merman sings "Tomorrow" on the Sesame Street Christmas Special in 1978.
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"I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about." - Oscar Wilde
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THANK YOU!!! I needed that! Truly brought a smile to my face.
I'm having theater withdrawal!
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Ethel does a fantastic medley with the Muppets starting at 5:30!
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"I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about." - Oscar Wilde
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I wonder how Ethel would have done onstage as Miss Hannigan?
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It may be the first time anyone ever unintentionally relied on sense memory during "Little Girls":

"You don't wanna go to the zoo. You don't wanna ride the swings. What the **** do you want to do? LIIIITTTLEEE GIIIIRRLS!"
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Just watch her in "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and you'll see what a great Miss Hannigan she could've been. She's truly hilarious playing an over the top harpy.
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Thanks for that. Great clip. I especially loved "What's the matter Imogene? Uou look like an idiot! LOL
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Jane Henson (Jim's wife) was a HUGE Merman fan and I believe friend. When Merman passed away Jane received a living room set, a couch and two chairs from Merman's estate. They were covered in white chintz with, you guessed it, Large red ROSES!
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Ethel and Rock Hudson sing "You're the Top":

http://youtu.be/Ri-MBgexxKo

(Who's the top?)

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Ethel and Susan Watson (the original Kim McAfee in By By Birdie) sing about their "Mutual Admiration Society":

http://youtu.be/lbdSnVOc9ew


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Perry Como teaches Ethel how to sing softly.

http://youtu.be/BTfgtgWK3ZE

Well, almost.

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Ethel and Mary Martin do the historic 14-minute medley, part of the Ford 50th Anniversary show, broadcast simultaneously on all three networks.

http://youtu.be/l0QhfT-dgFU

The simple staging, set around two stools, was devised and kept purposely simple by Jerome Robbins.
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So, do you think Miley Cyrus can play Ethel Merman? It sounds weird, but look at her next time she's on a talk show-her voice, her mannerism. I can just see her singing "Wherever we go, whatever we do...etc."

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