Ethel Merman News

Date of Birth: January 16, 1908
Date of Death: February 15, 1984 (76)
Birth Place: Astoria, NY, USA
Gender: Female
The Spring Midtown International Theatre Festival ReturnsThe Spring Midtown International Theatre Festival Returns
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2016

Year 2016 looks like it will be AMAZING for the venerable Midtown International Theatre Festival. The level of talent and experience this season is considerable. The subject matter stronger, more topical, and brilliantly written. (more...)

KT Sullivan & Jeff Harnar, Anne Reid and More Slated for The Crazy Coqs This MarchKT Sullivan & Jeff Harnar, Anne Reid and More Slated for The Crazy Coqs This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Nothing but blue skies at Crazy Coqs this March. (more...)

Bette Midler Led HELLO, DOLLY! Update - Auditions Set, Find Out What's Cast and What They're SeekingBette Midler Led HELLO, DOLLY! Update - Auditions Set, Find Out What's Cast and What They're Seeking
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town and today we've got the scoop on auditions to star alongside the legend via an Equity Casting Notice, available here.  (more...)

RUTHLESS! to Play 100th Performance Off-Broadway TodayRUTHLESS! to Play 100th Performance Off-Broadway Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash, Ruthless! The Musical, will celebrate its 100th performance today, January 30th at St. Luke's Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. (more...)

RUTHLESS! to Play 100th Performance Off-Broadway This WeekRUTHLESS! to Play 100th Performance Off-Broadway This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash, RUTHLESS! The Musical, will celebrate its 100th performance this Saturday, January 30th at St. Luke's Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of RUTHLESS! recently put a new block of seats on sale through April 2nd. There will be an early 1:30 PM curtain this Saturday in order to accommodate a special meet & greet/celebration with the cast immediately after the matinee. RUTHLESS! opened July 13th to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, "Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!" Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Paley also directed the original production of RUTHLESS! as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the new production, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala to Honor E. Faye ButlerPorchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala to Honor E. Faye Butler
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2016 ICONS Gala celebrating the legendary woman whose name is synonymous with Broadway, Ethel Merman, Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave. The Gala includes performances from Chicago's leading talents celebrating the rich career of Merman, the presentation of the 2016 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to E. Faye Butler and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auction benefit Porchlight's educational programs and productions. Tickets are on sale now and require advance purchase, $125 before April 15, $150 after April 15, $50 for children ages 18 years old and younger are available at 773.777.9884 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

Bette Midler Will Make Bank Doing HELLO, DOLLY! Next YearBette Midler Will Make Bank Doing HELLO, DOLLY! Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town. As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!, and according to Page Six, she'll make bank doing it. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY:  Jack Benny and George Burns in HELLO, DOLLY!?; It Might Have HappenedFLASH FRIDAY: Jack Benny and George Burns in HELLO, DOLLY!?; It Might Have Happened
by Michael Dale - Jan 22, 2016

Producer David Merrick brought in a parade of stars to follow Carol Channing, but there was one that got away. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 1/22; THE PIANO LESSON in NJ, THE NETHER in Miami and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 1/22; THE PIANO LESSON in NJ, THE NETHER in Miami and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 22, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in New Jersey, Wichita, Miami, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include a 'must-see' THE PIANO LESSON in New Jersey, PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in Wichita, and THE NETHER in Miami, just to name a few. (more...)

It Takes a Woman! Bette Midler on Why She Said 'Yes' to HELLO, DOLLY!It Takes a Woman! Bette Midler on Why She Said 'Yes' to HELLO, DOLLY!
by Jessica Khan - Jan 20, 2016

BroadwayWorld has heard from Carol Channing, our amazing readers, and more since Bette Midler was announced for the role of 'Dolly Gallagher Levi' in the Broadway return of one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history, HELLO, DOLLY! And now the diva herself has chimed in on coming back to the Great White Way in an interview with The New York Times. (more...)

Photo Flash: Klea Blackhurst, Elizabeth Teeter and More Celebrate MERMAN'S APPRENTICE Cast Album Release at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Klea Blackhurst, Elizabeth Teeter and More Celebrate MERMAN'S APPRENTICE Cast Album Release at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was delighted to present the a concert celebration for the release of MERMAN'S APPRENTICE, a new musical fable by Stephen Cole & David Evans. Scroll down for photos from the evening! (more...)

Photo Flash: RUTHLESS! Wins Best Off-Broadway Show at 2015 Odyssey Nightlife AwardsPhoto Flash: RUTHLESS! Wins Best Off-Broadway Show at 2015 Odyssey Nightlife Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Odyssey New York Magazine presented the 2015 Odyssey Nightlife Awards at a star-studded gala this past Friday, January 15th at XL New York. RUTHLESS! The Musical received the coveted Best Off Broadway Show award and its star, Paul Pecorino, was honored for Best Breakthrough Off Broadway Performance. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Dolly on Dolly- Carol Channing Chimes in on Bette Midler's Casting News!BWW Exclusive: Dolly on Dolly- Carol Channing Chimes in on Bette Midler's Casting News!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town, but how does the original star feel about it? BroadwayWorld has just checked in with Carol Channing, who is thrilled about this morning's news. Channing said, 'Bette will be brilliant! Dolly is the kind of character that everyone should be blessed to play. Dolly is an institution- the American musical equivalent to Hamlet.' (more...)

FOST Names New Artistic/Development DirectorFOST Names New Artistic/Development Director
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

The Friends of the State Theatre (FOST), a non-profit volunteer organization committed to preserving and revitalizing Stoughton's historic State Theatre announces the appointment of Michael La Fleur of Las Vegas, NV as Artistic/Development Director, launching FOST's mission to restore the Theatre, and provide enriching cultural experiences in dance, music, theatrical performances, visual art, literary readings and film events to the region. (more...)

It's Official: Bette Midler is Headed Back to Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY! in Spring of 2017; and We've Got the Dates, Creative Team & More!It's Official: Bette Midler is Headed Back to Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY! in Spring of 2017; and We've Got the Dates, Creative Team & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Long rumored, and first reported last night by BroadwayWorld after the star teased the news on Twitter, it's now Official! Producer Scott Rudin announced this morning that Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!. (more...)

UPDATE: Bette Midler Confirms Broadway Return in HELLO, DOLLY Next March!UPDATE: Bette Midler Confirms Broadway Return in HELLO, DOLLY Next March!
by Rialto Chatter - Jan 19, 2016

UPDATE: Bette Midler has announced on Twitter that she will indeed be making her return to Broadway next year in Jerry Herman & Michael Stewart's Tony-winning musical HELLO DOLLY! (more...)

MERMAN'S APPRENTICE Performance, CD Release Set for Birdland TonightMERMAN'S APPRENTICE Performance, CD Release Set for Birdland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

MERMAN'S APPRENTICE, starring Klea Blackhurst, Anita Gillette, Fred Applegate, Elizabeth Teeter and more, will play Birdland tonight, January 18, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Hershey Felder is IRVING BERLIN in Superb TheatreWorks ProductionBWW Review: Hershey Felder is IRVING BERLIN in Superb TheatreWorks Production
by Harmony Wheeler - Jan 18, 2016

What do you give the person who has everything? For Irving Berlin, the answer was a song. According to Hershey Felder, the composer wrote for "the people" - in some cases, specifically for his wife and children. Perhaps Felder had the same audience in mind when he wrote his one-man show, "Irving Berlin." Just under two hours long with no intermission, the robust production is an incomparable gift in itself. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for January 18-24, Featuring Kyle Dean Massey, Klea Blackhurst, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for January 18-24, Featuring Kyle Dean Massey, Klea Blackhurst, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jan 17, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: 'Merman's Apprentice' Starring Klea Blackhurst, Anita Gillette, & More; New Musicals at 54: Big Red Sun by Georgia Stitt and John Jiler; Bobby Conte Thornton at 54 Below; Kyle Dean Massey at 54 Below; and Whistle Down the Wind: In Concert. (more...)

ANNIE, Starring Heidi Gray, Comes to the National Theatre This Spring; Cast Announced!ANNIE, Starring Heidi Gray, Comes to the National Theatre This Spring; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Leapin' lizards! With more than 400 performances under her belt, the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play the National Theatre for one week only, March 15 - 20, 2016. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic 1977 Tony Award-winning original. (more...)

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