Ethel Merman News

Date of Birth: January 16, 1908
Date of Death: February 15, 1984 (76)
Birth Place: Astoria, NY, USA
Gender: Female
Act II Playhouse in Ambler to Present BIG PANTS AND HOT FLASHES, 8/15Act II Playhouse in Ambler to Present BIG PANTS AND HOT FLASHES, 8/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Act II Playhouse in Ambler is proud to present 'Big Pants and Hot Flashes,' with comedians Kevin Meaney and Julia Scotti, on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Following Onstage Collapse, Peter Land Departs RUTHLESS! Off-BroadwayFollowing Onstage Collapse, Peter Land Departs RUTHLESS! Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

RUTHLESS! The Musical's leading man, Peter Land, collapsed onstage at the top of the second act on Friday evening, July 17th. EMT's arrived on the scene and Mr. Land was transported to the hospital where he received emergency surgery for a tear in the aorta. His recovery is going extremely well and he was even discharged from the hospital earlier this week. Paul Pecorino has assumed the role of Sylvia St. Croix and Mr. Land hopes to return to the show in the near future. Author Joel Paley bravely filled in for several performances in the week following the accident (triumphantly, according to all eyewitnesses). (more...)

SEE IT BIG! Moving Image to Screen WEST SIDE STORY, INTERSTELLAR & More on 70mm This SummerSEE IT BIG! Moving Image to Screen WEST SIDE STORY, INTERSTELLAR & More on 70mm This Summer
by Movies News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

This summer, Museum of the Moving Image will present See It Big! 70mm, every weekend from August 7 through 30, featuring eight films made between 1961 and 2014 -- all of them shot in 70mm and to be shown in 70mm prints in the majestic Sumner M. Redstone Theater. (more...)

RUTHLESS! Announces New Performance ScheduleRUTHLESS! Announces New Performance Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Saturday matinees for RUTHLESS! The Musical will begin at 1:30 PM effective August 1st at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) (more...)

Amanda Flahive to Lead Williams Street Rep's GYPSY as 'Mama Rose'; Full Cast Announced!Amanda Flahive to Lead Williams Street Rep's GYPSY as 'Mama Rose'; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

In 1959 Ethel Merman, the prominent musical theatre actress of her time, and David Merrick were searching for their next project. After reading an excerpt from the memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, Merrick felt they had said project and GYPSY was born. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the AMAZING GRACE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the AMAZING GRACE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Jul 20, 2015

The company of AMAZING GRACE just celebrated the beloved Broadway tradition of the Gypsy Robe. SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Matt Wall bestowed the robe upon Dan Sharkey and BroadwayWorld was on the scene for the occasion. Check out photos from the ritual below! (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Open 2015-16 Spotlight Series with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, 10/1-4Segerstrom Center to Open 2015-16 Spotlight Series with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, 10/1-4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

 Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2015 - 2016 Spotlight Series opens with the sidesplitting savagery known as Forbidden Broadway October 1 - 4, 2015. There will be just four performances of a special adaptation of their recent hit edition, Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking! The cast includes members of the Tony Award®-winning New York company, including Forbidden Broadway stalwarts Gina Kreiezmar, Marcus Stevens, Kevin B. McGlynn and Trisha Rapier (who hails from Orange County!). This touring edition is presented by John Freedson and Harriet Yellin. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Off-Broadway's RUTHLESS!STAGE TUBE: New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Off-Broadway's RUTHLESS!
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2015

A brand-new featurette goes behind the scenes of RUTHLESS! The Musical, encapsulating the fun and frantic journey of this new production, and you can check it out below! RUTHLESS opened Off-Broadway this past Monday night. (more...)

RUTHLESS! Lyricist Proposes to Composer on Opening NightRUTHLESS! Lyricist Proposes to Composer on Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Romance was in the air at last night's opening of RUTHLESS! off-Broadway.  (more...)

BWW Reviews: IDINA MENZEL: WORLD TOUR 2015 at PNC Bank Arts CenterBWW Reviews: IDINA MENZEL: WORLD TOUR 2015 at PNC Bank Arts Center
by Leigh Scheps - Jul 14, 2015

No one tried to plug their cell phones into an outlet on the stage last night at Idina Menzel's World Tour concert. Maybe that's because it wasn't a Broadway house, but a concert venue in New Jersey's suburbs. But, some might think it was Broadway based on the set list for her solo show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel Sunday night.   (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/14/2015 - NPH Judges AMERICA'S GOT TALENT and More!WAKE UP with BWW 7/14/2015 - NPH Judges AMERICA'S GOT TALENT and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 14, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Neil Patrick Harris guest judges on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT tonight! (more...)

VIDEO: Ethel Merman, David Merrick & More in Rare Footage from Original GYPSY RehearsalVIDEO: Ethel Merman, David Merrick & More in Rare Footage from Original GYPSY Rehearsal
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 13, 2015

Professional writer, playwright and lyricist, Stephen B. Crowley has shared astounding footage of the original 1959 production of GYPSY in rehearsal. (more...)

RUTHLESS! Takes Pageantry to a New Level, Opening Tonight Off-BroadwayRUTHLESS! Takes Pageantry to a New Level, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL opens Off-Broadway tonight, July 13th at St. Luke's Theatre. Book and lyrics for RUTHLESS! are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Joel Paley also directed the original production as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He will once again serve as director of the newest incarnation ofRUTHLESS!, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN:  A NEW MUSICAL PLAYBWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN: A NEW MUSICAL PLAY
by Nancy Grossman - Jul 12, 2015

ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presents the East Coast Premiere of HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN: A NEW MUSICAL PLAY at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre. Performances have been extended through August 2nd for this feel-good evening of just over two dozen selections from Berlin's vast catalogue. The program includes unknown gems, lovely ballads, patriotic tunes, and favorites that everyone can sing along with, but Felder's artistry also evokes the man behind the music. Irving Berlin is a delight for any and all who appreciate hearing an array of standards from the great American song book. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: The Tradition Continues- Checking In with the Recipients of Last Season's Gypsy Robes!BWW Exclusive: The Tradition Continues- Checking In with the Recipients of Last Season's Gypsy Robes!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2015

Today, we celebrate all the performers that earned the right to wear the robe this past season, including Tracee Beazer, Jess LeProtto, Jeremy Davis, Barrett Martin, Katie Webber, Cameron Adams, Jennie Ford, Ron Todorowski, Lainie Sakakura, Joseph Medeiros, and Matt Wall. Read below, as they reflect on what the honor meant to them! (more...)

Bernadette Peters to Welcome RUTHLESS! Friends at BROADWAY BARKSBernadette Peters to Welcome RUTHLESS! Friends at BROADWAY BARKS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The entire company of Ruthless! The Musical will join host Bernadette Peters at the 17th annual Broadway Barks fundraiser this Saturday, July 11th at 5 PM in Shubert Alley. (more...)

Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Comedy of Errors as The Old Globe's 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. (more...)

Musical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an UnderstudyMusical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an Understudy
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 9, 2015

As usual, Jennifer Ashley Tepper puts the history of musical theatre into perfect perspective. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/8/2015 - Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin and More!WAKE UP with BWW 7/8/2015 - Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 8, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Iconic figures take center stage across the country and more! (more...)

THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY Now AvailableTHE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 7, 2015

Al Hirschfeld gets a tome of his own! (more...)

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