Ethel Merman News

Date of Birth: January 16, 1908
Date of Death: February 15, 1984 (76)
Birth Place: Astoria, NY, USA
Gender: Female
BWW Review: With TWO GUYS AND A GRAND at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Cabaret Veterans Jim Brochu & Steve Ross Evoke the Spirit of Music HallsBWW Review: With TWO GUYS AND A GRAND at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Cabaret Veterans Jim Brochu & Steve Ross Evoke the Spirit of Music Halls
by Alix Cohen - May 28, 2016

Veteran performers Jim Brochu and Steve Ross have known one another since the 1970s, an era when New York was filled with piano bars, cabaret rooms, and nightclubs. Pause for a deep, wistful sigh. Framing their new show, Two Guys and a Grand (last Wednesday night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre), in the kind of friendly antagonism and winking shtick popular during vaudeville, the two very different performers manage to be both broad and classy. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside PARAMOUR's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside PARAMOUR's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - May 26, 2016

Cirque du Soleil - PARAMOUR is the organization's first production created specifically for Broadway and it opened last night at the Lyric Theatre.  This marks the first opening of the 2016-17 theatre season! BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special night, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Below, check out photos of recipient Justin Prescott with the company! (more...)

Paul O'Grady, Julian Clary and More to Lead CINDERELLA at the London Palladium, Dec. 9Paul O'Grady, Julian Clary and More to Lead CINDERELLA at the London Palladium, Dec. 9
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Initial casting is announced today (26 May 2016) for Qdos Entertainment's London Palladium production of Cinderella.  The 32 strong cast will be led byPaul O'Grady as The Wicked Stepmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, Lee Mead as Prince Charming, Paul Zerdin as Buttons, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain and Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup.  The roles of Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother and the Ugly Sisters will be announced soon.  (more...)

Josepha Gayer to Perform at The RRazz Room, 6/26Josepha Gayer to Perform at The RRazz Room, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

?The RRazz Room At The Prince is pleased to present Philadelphia's own Josepha Gayer in concert, celebrating the release of her debut CD, RENAISSANCE: NOTES FROM ITALY (LML Music). Ms. Gayer, will perform one show on June 26, 2016 at 5pm, accompanied by Eric Knight. The RRazz Room At The Prince is located in the second floor Black Box Cabaret space of the historic Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (near the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets on the Avenue Of The Arts). Elevator access is available. Tickets range from $32 (seats) to $42 for table seating. Table seating requires a two drink minimum per person.  Visit: http://www.therrazzroom.com or the ticket link: http://tinyurl.com/jhg793s (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/21/16- GYPSYSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/21/16- GYPSY
by Stage Tube - May 21, 2016

Today in 1959, Gypsy opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 702 performances. Gypsy is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including 'Small World,' 'Everything's Coming up Roses', 'Some People', 'Let Me Entertain You', and 'Rose's Turn'. (more...)

Photo Flash: The RUTHLESS! Tina Denmark 'Congratulates' SHUFFLE ALONGPhoto Flash: The RUTHLESS! Tina Denmark 'Congratulates' SHUFFLE ALONG
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

That diabolical eight-year-old Tina Denmark (as played by Tori Murray in RUTHLESS!) has again been seen stalking the Theatre District. This week she stopped by SHUFFLE ALONG to congratulate the producers on their 10 Tony nominations as well as their recent big Drama Critics' Circle prize. Undaunted after being told that the producers don't actually live at the theatre, the opportunistic little b*tch posed for this photo showing off her terpsichorean skills. It's no secret that Tina will do anything to land in a hit Broadway show...ANYTHING! (more...)

Breaking News: David Hyde Pierce Will Join Bette Midler in HELLO, DOLLY! Broadway Revival at Shubert Theatre!Breaking News: David Hyde Pierce Will Join Bette Midler in HELLO, DOLLY! Broadway Revival at Shubert Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

According to promotional art just released, Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce will join the legendary Bette Midler in the upcoming Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY! which will take the Shubert Theatre next spring. Performances begin March 13, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/16/16- ANNIE GET YOUR GUNSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/16/16- ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
by Stage Tube - May 16, 2016

Today in 1946, Annie Get Your Gun opened at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1147 performances. Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music written by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert Fields and his sister Dorothy Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), who was a sharpshooter from Ohio, and her husband, Frank Butler. Songs that became hits include 'There's No Business Like Show Business', 'Doin' What Comes Natur'lly', 'You Can't Get a Man with a Gun', 'They Say It's Wonderful', and 'Anything You Can Do.' (more...)

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bernadette Peters Sings Mother's Day Anthem 'Angel Mom' from RUTHLESS!VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bernadette Peters Sings Mother's Day Anthem 'Angel Mom' from RUTHLESS!
by Stage Tube - May 8, 2016

Bernadette Peters performed the ultimate anthem to mothers everywhere, 'Angel Mom' from RUTHLESS!, at the 1996 record-breaking L.A. concert production of the hit musical. Watch the video in honor of Mother's Day now! (more...)

BWW Review: EPAC Delivers a Classic HELLO, DOLLY!BWW Review: EPAC Delivers a Classic HELLO, DOLLY!
by Marakay Rogers - May 5, 2016

You know it. You love it. You want to sing along to it. Hello, boys, Dolly's back. (more...)

RUTHLESS! Extends Off-Broadway Through the SummerRUTHLESS! Extends Off-Broadway Through the Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of the Off-Broadway smash, RUTHLESS! The Musical, today put a new block of seats on sale through September 10th. (more...)

Getting to Know...JEREMY BENTON Again After His Astaire Award NominationGetting to Know...JEREMY BENTON Again After His Astaire Award Nomination
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 3, 2016

Hard to believe, but it's been four years since we sat down with Jeremy Benton, whom we've since referred to as Broadway's Best Tap Dancer every chance we've had, and now it seems as that title has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just yesterday, Benton - a native of Springfield, Tennessee - was honored with a nomination for a Fred and Adele Astaire Award in the category for best off-Broadway male dancer, heralding his critically acclaimed role in Cagney, the Musical. (more...)

Daniels Corporate Advisory Co. Inc. Acquires THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW SeriesDaniels Corporate Advisory Co. Inc. Acquires THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW Series
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2016

Daniels Corporate Advisory Company, Inc. ('Daniels) (OTCQB: DCAC) and Clearwave Telecommunications, Inc. (OTC PINK: CWTC) World Nation Live Entertainment, Inc. today announced a revenue sharing deal license for 26 One Hour Episodes of The Judy Garland Show Series in the USA. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside SHUFFLE ALONG's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside SHUFFLE ALONG's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Apr 29, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opened just lastnight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. This marks the final opening of the 2015-16 theatre season! BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the curtain call below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the TUCK EVERLASTING Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Photo Coverage: Inside the TUCK EVERLASTING Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Apr 27, 2016

Youth springs eternal in Broadway's new musical Tuck Everlasting, which celebrated its official opening at the Broadhurst Theatre just last night. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the whole evening, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Below, check out photos of recipient Lisa Gajda with the company! (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the WAITRESS Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the WAITRESS Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Apr 26, 2016

WAITRESS is officially serving it up on Broadway! Earlier this week, the company of the new musical took their first bows at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the whole evening, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Below, check out photos of gypsy robe recipient Charity Angel Dawson with the company! (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the AMERICAN PSYCHO Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the AMERICAN PSYCHO Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Apr 25, 2016

Patrick Bateman has officially arrived! Just last week, the company of AMERICAN PSYCHO took their first bows at the Schoenfeld Theatre.  BroadwayWorld was on hand for the whole evening, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Below, check out photos of gypsy robe recipient Alex Michael Stoll with the company! (more...)

Photo Flash: The RUTHLESS! Tina Denmark Stalks AMERICAN PSYCHOPhoto Flash: The RUTHLESS! Tina Denmark Stalks AMERICAN PSYCHO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

In this recent disturbing photo, Tina Denmark (as played by 11-year-old Tori Murray in RUTHLESS!) is seen loitering in front of Broadway's AMERICAN PSYCHO. From her expression, she appears highly displeased with this new, potential competition for the theatre season's favorite serial killer. (more...)

INSTAGRAM CHECK: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Gracefully Answers Angry FanINSTAGRAM CHECK: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Gracefully Answers Angry Fan
by Michael Dale - Apr 25, 2016

The Broadway star graciously explains how maintaining her health must take priority over signing autographs. (more...)

Phoenix Theatre to Present THE BOOK OF MERMANPhoenix Theatre to Present THE BOOK OF MERMAN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the Indiana Premiere of The Book of Merman opening May 12, 2016 on the Frank and Katrina Basile Stage. This production runs through June 12, with Emily Ristine serving as director. (more...)

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