Dazzling Dames of Broadway: Ethel Merman | San Francisco Village


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Dazzling Dames of Broadway: Ethel Merman

6/15/2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM PT

Often called "The Grand Dame of the American Musical", Ethel Merman with her big, brassy voice and perfect diction, made her sensational Broadway debut in the Gershwins' Girl Crazy, singing "I Got Rhythm". She went on to star in five Cole Porter musicals, including Anything Goes and Panama Hattie, however, her legendary performances in two Irving Berlin shows Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madam are the most well-known. Ethel's favorite role, though, was as Gypsy Rose Lee's mother, Mama Rose, in the critically-acclaimed Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy.
Join us to see young Ethel perform in her early Gershwin and Porter musicals, plus enjoy several rare clips from her early film career. We’ll look at some great moments from her later years working with Irving Berlin, Styne, and Sondheim, and learn all about her youth, marriages, and her devotion to family. Light refreshments will be served!
Presenter Bonnie Weiss is a seasoned theatre educator, writer, radio and cabaret producer. She teaches classes on musical theatre history and appreciation at San Francisco State and U.C. Berkeley. Bonnie has written reviews and feature articles for Stage Directions, a national magazine for theatre educators, and The Sondheim Review.

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