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Ethel Merman

 
Date of Birth: January 16, 1908
Date of Death: February 15, 1984 (76)

Birth Place: Astoria, NY, USA

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1977
Performer
  [Broadway]
1975
Performer
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1966
Annie Oakley
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1966
Annie Oakley
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1961
Rose
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Rose
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Liz Livingstone
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
Mrs. Sally Adams
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1946
Annie Oakley
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1944
Sadie Thompson [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1943
Blossom Hart
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1940
Hattie Maloney
Hattie Maloney
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1939
May Daly / Mme. La Comtesse du Barry
May Daly
Mme. La Comtesse du Barry
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1939
Jeanette Adair
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1936
"Nails" O'Reilly Duquesne
Nails O'Reilly Duquesne
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1934
Reno Sweeney
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1932
Wanda Brill
Wanda Brill
Lora (Blackmail)</i>
The Queen (Eadie)</i>
Lora
The Queen
  [Broadway]
1931
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1930
Kate Fothergill

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
1977
Performer

  [Broadway]
1975
Performer

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1966
Annie Oakley

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1966
Annie Oakley

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi [Replacement]

  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1961
Rose

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Rose

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Liz Livingstone

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
Mrs. Sally Adams

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1946
Annie Oakley

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1944
Sadie Thompson [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1943
Blossom Hart

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1940
Hattie Maloney

Hattie Maloney

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1939
May Daly / Mme. La Comtesse du Barry

May Daly

Mme. La Comtesse du Barry

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1939
Jeanette Adair

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1936
"Nails" O'Reilly Duquesne

Nails O'Reilly Duquesne

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1934
Reno Sweeney

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1932
Wanda Brill

Wanda Brill

Lora (Blackmail)</i>

The Queen (Eadie)</i>

Lora

The Queen

  [Broadway]
1931
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1930
Kate Fothergill


Ethel Merman Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1972 - Special Tony Award Gold Star
Ethel Merman
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1970 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
Ethel MermanHello, Dolly!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1970 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
Ethel MermanHello, Dolly!
 
Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Ethel Merman, Gypsy
 
Tony Awards - 1957 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Ethel Merman, Happy Hunting
 
Tony Awards - 1951 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Ethel Merman, Call Me Madam

Ethel Merman News

BWW Review/Photos: 'Put on Your Sunday Clothes' & Head on Down to HELLO DOLLY at CMPA Photo BWW Review/Photos: 'Put on Your Sunday Clothes' & Head on Down to HELLO DOLLY at CMPAC In The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
by Nicholas Pontolillo - May 12, 2022

Closing out its 48th season, CMPAC does manage to put on a dazzling production of Hello Dolly, albeit a few hiccups, which I will attribute to opening night jitters.

Full Cast Announced for Paige Davis Led Production of HELLO, DOLLY! at PTC Photo Full Cast Announced for Paige Davis Led Production of HELLO, DOLLY! at PTC
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

Pioneer Theatre Company will present the record-setting Broadway hit, Hello, Dolly! as the closing musical for the current season. The turn-of- the-century romance, bursting with music and energetic dance will run from May 13 through May 28, 2022.

Photos: Mandy Gonzalez Celebrates BOULEVARD OF DREAMS Release at the Strand Photo Photos: Mandy Gonzalez Celebrates BOULEVARD OF DREAMS Release at the Strand
by Katherine Lee - Apr 11, 2022

Broadway favorite Mandy Gonzalez is back with the second middle grade novel from her Fearless series- Boulevard of Dreams. Just last week, she was joined by Brittany J. Thurman, and James Monroe Iglehart to celebrate its release at the Strand and BroadwayWorld was there for the special occasion.

28 Theater Books for Your Spring 2022 Reading List Photo 28 Theater Books for Your Spring 2022 Reading List
by Team BWW - Apr 9, 2022

Spring has sprung and the great weather calls for a great book to enjoy outdoors! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind. From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 28 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's spring reading list.

Emerging Artists Theatre Announces Line-up For Week Three Of The NEW WORK SERIES Photo Emerging Artists Theatre Announces Line-up For Week Three Of The NEW WORK SERIES
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 3, 2022

Emerging Artists Theatre is pleased to announce the line-up for the final week of their bi-annual New Work Series. The three-week festival is currently running at TADA Theater until April 10.

BWW Review: Entertainment Legend Carol Burnett Charms at the Eccles Theater Photo BWW Review: Entertainment Legend Carol Burnett Charms at the Eccles Theater
by Tyler Hinton - Mar 29, 2022

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčCAROL BURNETT: AN EVENING OF LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION is a fascinating, charming one-woman show in which the Emmy winner and beloved television, theatre, and film performer answers audience questions and reminisces on her extraordinary life and career.

BWW Interview: Catching Up With BORGHESI'S BACK! Creator and Performer Leanne Borghes Photo BWW Interview: Catching Up With BORGHESI'S BACK! Creator and Performer Leanne Borghesi
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 26, 2022

The force of nature that is Leanne Borghesi expounds on life, art, community and more with Broadway World interviewer Stephen Mosher.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Presents HELLO, DOLLY! Photo Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Presents HELLO, DOLLY!
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 25, 2022

She's sassy, smart, and spunky, and soon she'll be back at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Suzanne Stark stars as the iconic Dolly Levi in the matchmaking musical Hello, Dolly! starting March 31. 

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Starring Sutton Foster Hits the Big Screen Photo BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Starring Sutton Foster Hits the Big Screen
by Jonas Schwartz-Owen - Mar 23, 2022

The buzz on the internet about Sutton Foster playing Marian the Librarian in the latest Music Man revival was polarizing to say the least, but NO ONE can claim that Sutton Foster wasn't born to play Reno Sweeney in the classic Cole Porter musical farce, Anything Goes. Foster won a Tony playing the role on Broadway in 2011, and in 2021, returned to the role at the Barbican Theatre in London, belting out standards like the title number, 'I Get A Kick Out Of You', and the famous list song, 'You're The Top'. Trafalgar Entertainment and Stage2view filmed the cast during the London run and will now air the presentation in American movie theaters for two nights.

New York City Opera to Present Weill & Brecht's THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS & MAHOGONNY SON Photo New York City Opera to Present Weill & Brecht's THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS & MAHOGONNY SONGSPIEL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 18, 2022

New York City Opera will present Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's thrilling double bill, The Seven Deadly Sins & Mahagonny Songspiel, for the first time ever told as one story, a tragic fable for today.

Ethel Merman Videos

VIDEO: The Broadway League Launches THIS IS BROADWAY Initiative With Short Film Narra VideoVIDEO: The Broadway League Launches THIS IS BROADWAY Initiative With Short Film Narrated by Oprah Winfrey
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 30, 2021

The Broadway League has launched THIS IS BROADWAY, a new initiative to welcome theater lovers back to Times Square following the industry’s 18-month shutdown.  

Exclusive: First Listen To 'Unworthy Of Your Love' From LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DI VideoExclusive: First Listen To 'Unworthy Of Your Love' From LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM
by Alan Henry - Mar 15, 2020

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first listen to 'Unworthy Of Your Love' From LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM. Check out the track!

VIDEO: Katie Webber Receives the Legacy Robe For TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL VideoVIDEO: Katie Webber Receives the Legacy Robe For TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - Dec 6, 2019

On November 7, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical celebrated opening night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and following in the great Broadway tradition, ensemble member Katie Webber was awarded the Legacy Robe from Moulin Rouge recipient Bahiyah Hibah.

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY VideoThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY
by Ben Rimalower - Apr 12, 2019

Like the rest of you, I've spent this week obsessing over 'Fosse Verdon' on FX and especially Gwen Verdon, played brilliantly on the series by Michelle Williams, in a performance that makes you want to reinvestigate what made Gwen so great. Sweet Charity is the perfect place to start. Gwen became a star and won her first Tony in a featured role in Can Can and she gained worldwide acclaim (and number 2 in a total of four Tonys) as Lola in Damn Yankees on stage and screen and of course there were many other shows and movies and TV appearances, but Sweet Charity was the show Bob Fosse (and Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon) created just for her. She may have lost the Tony to Angela Lansbury in Mame, but Gwen got that iconic poster and all those songs.

VIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Remembering Ethel Merman VideoVIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Remembering Ethel Merman
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 15, 2019

Ethel Merman was a Broadway institution known as the 'undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage.' After being discovered by Vinton Freedley as a singer at Brooklyn's Paramount movie theatre, she was signed to star in the Gershwin's new Broadway hit GIRL CRAZY where she stopped the show nightly with her performance of 'I Got Rhythm'.

BWW TV Exclusive: Neil Sean Meets Theatre Legend and 42ND STREET Star Bonnie Langford VideoBWW TV Exclusive: Neil Sean Meets Theatre Legend and 42ND STREET Star Bonnie Langford
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 2, 2018

Neil Sean just met with theatre legend, Miss Bonnie Langford. In the exclusive interview below, the 42nd Street star tells all about appearing on Broadway at age nine with the legend that is Ms Angela Lansbury, starring in cult TV show "Dr Who", her dressing room chats with Broadway legend Ethel Merman and so much more!

VIDEO: Stars Turn Out to Help BC/EFA Raise Over $900,000 at the 2018 Broadway Flea Ma VideoVIDEO: Stars Turn Out to Help BC/EFA Raise Over $900,000 at the 2018 Broadway Flea Market
by Stage Tube - Oct 1, 2018

Broadway's most sensational onstage and offstage stars, passionate fans, avid collectors and animated bidders celebrated the biggest day for Broadway fans on Sunday, September 30, 2018, as the 32nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $906,825 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

VIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Celebrating the Life and Career of Stage Legend, Eth VideoVIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Celebrating the Life and Career of Stage Legend, Ethel Merman
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 15, 2018

On this day in 1984, Ethel Merman, a Broadway institution known as the 'undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage, passed away at the age of 76. 

Video Flashback: ZIP! Elaine Stritch Takes Connecticut by Way of the Shubert Theater VideoVideo Flashback: ZIP! Elaine Stritch Takes Connecticut by Way of the Shubert Theater
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 7, 2017

For today's video flashback, we venture back in time to Elaine Stritch's solo show, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, which made its world premiere at the Public Theater on this day in 2001.

Video: Highlights from NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below VideoVideo: Highlights from NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 1, 2017

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presented the 30th Anniversary of No Way to Treat a Lady. A laugh-filled evening featuring songs from the Richard Rodgers Award winning musical by Douglas J. Cohen, based on the novel by William Goldman (The Princess Bride). MAC Award winner KLea Blackhurst (Hello, Dolly!, Goodspeed) and author Cohen co-host the event which will feature many of the performers from past productions, both off-Broadway at the York Theatre and Hudson Guild, and regionally (Florida Studio Theatre, Village Theater, Barrington Stage, TheaterWorks in Hartford, Coconut Grove in Florida, Colony Theater in L.A.), as well as photographs and footage from over a dozen international productions. Cohen will also reveal some of the show's unique history behind the scenes.


Ethel Merman Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ethel Merman been in?
Ethel Merman has appeared on Broadway in 19 shows.

How many West End shows has Ethel Merman been in?
Ethel Merman has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Ethel Merman been nominated for?
Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Gypsy Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Happy Hunting and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Call Me Madam .

What awards has Ethel Merman won?
Special Tony Award (Tony Awards), Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Hello, Dolly! Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Hello, Dolly!and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Call Me Madam.