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Call Me Madam - Bright, Bouncy, and at times creaky

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Given the state of things in the world today, one would think the time would be prefect for a revival of the 1950 Broadway musical, Call Me Madam. The show currently being given a such treatment as part of the Encores! series at New York City Center . With a score by Irving Berlin, a book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, and starring Ethel Merman, this gentle political satire originally ending up running for a total of 644 performances. In ...
Tags: Congress, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, Washington Dc, Maria, Cosmo, Kenneth, Berman, Sally, Ike, U S, Lauren Worsham, Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin, Ben Davis

Amy Sherman-Palladino Eyeing Adaptation of Gypsy

Amy Sherman-Palladino eyeing adaptation of Gypsy Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Gilmore Girls fame, is bring Gypsy back from the depths of development Hell. According to Deadline, the Award-winning producer/director is in negotiations to helm the feature adaptation of the classic musical with Joel Silver producing. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptSt...
Tags: Movies, Fox, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Melissa Mccarthy, Barry Levinson, Gypsy, Natalie Wood, Gilmore Girls, Ethel Merman, Rosalind Russell, Maisel, Barbara Streisand, Amy Sherman Palladino, Gypsy Rose Lee, Joel Silver

Carol Channing, star of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, dies aged 97

Celebrated for her performances in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly! Channing also earned an Oscar nomination for Thoroughly Modern Millie Carol Channing, the American actor who originated the roles of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the eponymous heroine of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, has died aged 97, her publicist has announced.Channing played the matchmaking widow Dolly Levi more than 5,000 times across three Broadway runs from the 1960s to the 1990s and on tours around t...
Tags: New York Times, Broadway, Dolly Levi, Dolly, Carol Channing, Channing, Ethel Merman, Lorelei Lee, Michael Stewart, Thornton Wilder, KALAMAZOO MICHIGAN, Vincent Canby, Jerry Herman, Dolly Channing, Millie Carol Channing

Debra Messing Remembers Craig Zadan: ‘I Hope Ethel Merman Is Singing to Him Right Now’

Craig Zadan and his producing partner, Neil Meron, are responsible for one of the most meaningful professional experiences in my career. They brought the magic of Broadway to primetime television with “Smash,” and for two years I felt like I was living in a dream. They brought accomplished actors, real Broadway dancers and singers, Tony-winning […]
Tags: News, Broadway, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Tony, Ethel Merman

Brian Kellow, Longtime Editor At ‘Opera News’, Dead At 59

“Brian left behind an extraordinary legacy within the magazine’s pages — thirty years’ worth of news features, personality profiles, reviews and opinion pieces, every one of them lit by a writerly spark that was uniquely his own. He was also the author of a series of dazzling biographies exploring the lives of Pauline Kael, Sue Mengers, Ethel Merman and Hollywood’s Bennett sisters.”
Tags: Art, Music, Hollywood, People, Brian, Bennett, Ethel Merman, Pauline Kael, Brian Kellow, 07.22.18

Todd Robert Petersen's Playlist for His Novel "It Needs to Look Like We Tried"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Todd Robert Petersen's novel-in-stories It Needs to Look Like We Tried is a deliciously entertaining portrait of people on the edge. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "Petersen...
Tags: Music, Texas, America, David, Portland, Oklahoma, National Park, Rogers, Taco Bell, Edward Hopper, Van Halen, Martin Scorsese, Petersen, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview

Meet Me at the Muny

The Muny celebrates its 100th season this year!. So I thought it would be nice to share this excerpt about our beloved Muny from my 2006 history book, Strike Up the Band. The Muny's origin story sounds a lot like the origin stories of New Line and tons of other small companies all over the country -- very humble beginnings, struggling against greater odds than a more generous God would have allowed (to quote 1776)...____________________________ On June 16, 1919, one of America’s greatest temple...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Robin Hood, Theatre, America, Live, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Theater, St. Louis, Lauren Bacall, Scott Miller, Ethel Merman, River Des Peres, Kiel, Joel Grey African American Composers: Striking a Chord [William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson & R. Nathaniel Dett]

William Grant Still in a pensive pose from 1949 (Courtesy of Judith Anne Still) The Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra  (DOUGLAS W. JACKSON) Orlando The City's Magazine April 2018 By Michael McLeod Now and then, some well-meaning person will try to give Celeste Headlee a compliment about her grandfather. It does not go well. They’ll say: “His music sounds just like George Gershwin to me.” And she’ll say: “Are you kidding me? It’s more like t...
Tags: Hollywood, Congress, Navy, Washington, New York City, Religion, Alabama, Canada, United States, Broadway, Npr, Jackson, Kansas City, Booker, Harlem, Cincinnati

Footage of a gay pool party in 1945 has surfaced online and it’s pretty incredible

"These men are still in their 20s in the sun, swimming, like they always will. There’s a real sweet pain."
Tags: Documentary, Life, Lifestyle, History, Pool, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Gay History, Ethel Merman, Pool Party, Pop History, Buddy Walton, Eleanore Roosevelt, Gay Home Movie, Geoff Story

The Tinpantithesis

People like me -- let's be gentle and just call us "the purists" -- really like to have "definitive" texts for all the great musicals. Often that is represented by the first production, but not always. Shows like The Music Man, Gypsy, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof pretty much have their scripts and scores etched in stone. You don't fiddle with them.For other shows, like Show Boat, Cabaret, Hair, Pippin, and Anything Goes, there is no single definitive version. These shows ...
Tags: London, Musicals, Wikipedia, Theatre, Live, Yale, Paris, Broadway, Manhattan, Theater, Bob, Cole Porter, Reno, 1930s, Classic, Billy

Black Cabaret Feather Dress

I was watching 'There's no Business like Show Business' and I fell in love with Ethel Merman's dress. I knew I wanted to make a version of it for myself, so here it is. I found a dress and used it as a base, and added all the extra bits (feathers/neckline/lace). I bought the feather fan and headdress from a friends who make them (Headdress is Stereoglamour and Fan is TwistedStarz. [Author: Markee R.]
Tags: Crafts, Ethel Merman, Markee, Markee R

VIDEO: BWW Exclusive: Ethel Merman Performs GYPSY Showstopper on PBS' JFK: THE LOST Inaugural Gala

Below, BWW has an exclusive sneak peek clip from the upcoming PBS broadcast, featuring Ethel Merman performing 'Everything's Coming Up Roses.' [Author: TV News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Pbs, Ethel Merman, TV News Desk

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Ethel Merman Doing Disco and More!

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week Odd marketing, SNL does theatre, political correctness in musical theatre, Hal Prince tackles racism, and Ethel Merman sings Nirvana. [Author: Behind the Curtain]
Tags: Theatre, Ethel Merman, Hal Prince, Behind the Curtain, Robert W Schneider, Kevin David Thomas

Joan Carroll, Child Actress in 'Meet Me in St. Louis' and 'The Bells of St. Mary's,' Dies at 85

When she was 8, RKO loaned her out so she could appear on Broadway with Ethel Merman in 1940's 'Panama Hattie.'read more
Tags: Usa, Movies, Obituaries, Broadway, St Louis, St Mary, Ethel Merman, THR Online, Rko

Two Winning Stars Propel PBS's London Revival of Gypsy

Imelda Staunton presses the pedal to the metal as the ultimate stage mother in the revival of Gypsy that airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. The revival actually took place last year in London, where it was filmed for the PBS Fall Arts Festival. Nor could the timing for us be better, because after our recent election campaign, a little song and dance is something we can really use. Written in 1959 from the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy helped launched the career of Stephen Sondheim, who wrote t...
Tags: New York, London, News, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Pbs, Angela Lansbury, Imelda Staunton, Huffington Post, Gypsy, Rose, David Hinckley, Ethel Merman, Louise, Minsky, Jule Styne

Aisle View: Another Star for Hello, Dolly!

The big Broadway news today is that there will be another, previously unannounced and unexpected musical comedy star on stage in June. It was announced back in January that the legendary Bette Midler would return to Broadway as Dolly Gallagher Levi in a resplendent new production of Hello, Dolly! Midler--who shattered Broadway's first-day-of-sales mark when the box office opened, with a take in excess of $9M--is scheduled to play a seven-performance week. Producers strive to find a full-value...
Tags: News, Paris, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Bette Midler, Scott Rudin, Huffington Post, City Of Angels, Steven Suskin, Murphy, Tony, Dolly Midler, Midler, Jerry Zaks, Donna, Dolly

Muny Favorites Return for MUNY MAGIC AT THE SHELDON Concert Series

Four of the MUNY's favorite former leading ladies are returning to the popular St. Louis venue. This time, they're coming together for the concert series Muny Magic at the Sheldon. The concert, fittingly titled 'Today's Muny Stars Celebrate the Legends,'willcelebrate beloved stage icons who have also performed at the MUNY, including Ethel Merman and Bernadette Peters. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bernadette Peters, St Louis, Ethel Merman, BWW News Desk, Muny

Tony Cointreau Writes About A Gift of Love and Talks About Lessons Learned From Mother Teresa At Michael's

Michael's is the famous and popular lunch hangout for the high profile entertainment crowd, but on the evening of September 20th it opened its doors for another kind of special event. Tony Cointreau, who is the heir to the Cointreau French liqueur fortune, held a book party to celebrate his latest book, A Gift of Love: Lessons Learned from my Work and Friendship with Mother Teresa. Cointreau spent his formative years living in the lap of luxury, splitting his time between a cavernous New York C...
Tags: News, France, Richard Johnson, Huffington Post, Michael, Mother Teresa, PAUL, Tony, Mother Theresa, Calcutta, Greenwich Village, Ethel Merman, Cointreau, Pierre Cardin, Missionaries of Charity, ABC News Radio

How to Build Long-Term Relationships Between Influencers and Brands

DIY Influencing True or false: If you don’t become an overnight success, you’re not a talented influencer.  False! Creating a following and successful career as a blogger and influencer takes time. You have to find your speciality, create a ton of content, reach out to brands, and follow through to deliver on your promises. These are not quick tasks, but they certainly are doable. Amy Anderson takes us through her journey into the blogging world and shares tips on how to patiently make your ...
Tags: Seo, Amy, Hershey, Ethel Merman, Amy Anderson

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Tags: Alexandra, Ethel Merman, Nicholas, Steve Allen

Hugh O'Brian, Star Of TV's 'The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp,' Dead At 91

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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Karen Morrow

For over fifty years, the big, belt voice of Karen Morrow has been filling theatres and TV screens. While audiences across America will fondly remember her numerous appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, it is her live appearances on Broadway, blasting the roof of numerous theatres, that epitomize Karen Morrow. Joining Rob amp Kevin via phone, Karen reminisces on how she became known as 'the flop queen', what it was like to share the spotlight with Buddy Hackett, and how she counted Ethel Merman ...
Tags: Theatre, America, Karen, Broadway, Rob, Kevin, Ethel Merman, Buddy Hackett, Merv Griffin

'War Paint' would be an unusual musical on Broadway with business focus

"There's no business like show business," Ethel Merman first sang on Broadway as Annie Oakley 70 years ago. And, onstage at least, there's little business in Broadway shows. Whatever else may be deemed extraordinary about "War Paint," the likely Broadway-bound world premiere musical starring Patti...
Tags: Broadway, Ethel Merman, Annie Oakley

Three Rules for a Successful Hollywood Marriage

Considering all those movie stars whose marriages end in divorce, it's a mystery why Hollywood celebrities continue to get married. After all, if the average citizen (like me) is aware that Hollywood marriages don't last, how can these celebrities not realize that by tying the knot they are bucking staggering odds? Also, given that there is no longer any societal stigma attached to people "shacking up" or even having children out of wedlock, why even bother? Why go through the formality of ge...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Green, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Bacon, Britney Spears, Huffington Post, Ernest Borgnine, Don, Newman, Drew, Barrymore, Ethel Merman, Tom Green, Britney, Hank Azaria

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats FLOYD COLLINS and Ethel Merman!

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week FLOYD COLLINS gets stuck in a cave and Ethel Merman gets stuck in a sitcom [Author: Behind the Curtain]
Tags: Theatre, Ethel Merman

The Broadway song that nominated a president

The astounding success of Hamilton, its capacity to engage audiences from third graders to the president and first lady, reminds us that Broadway musicals have a healthy tradition of mining political history. From 1776 to Evita, songwriters have been fascinated by political power. What drives people to become leaders?  How do they rally supporters around them? What reservations do they have about their failures and successes? From costumes to choreography to the musical score, Broadway storytell...
Tags: Garden, Books, Music, Politics, New York, London, Featured, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Berlin, America, History, Neil Young, David, United States

They Coulda Been Contenders

Today, more than ever before, people are being encouraged to pursue their artistic dreams. With a wealth of digital tools at their fingertips, it has become infinitely easier to self-publish one's writing, voice one's opinions in the blogosphere, become a YouTube personality who earns income from advertising, or even audition via Skype. While many must cling to their day jobs for financial security, others resolutely concentrate on their creativity and prioritize whatever form of self expression...
Tags: News, Paris, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Ariel, Skype, Florence, East Bay, Huffington Post, Mozart, Gypsy, Rose, Catherine Frot, Tulsa, Seattle Opera

Top Posts From AJBlogs For 05.08.16

Kurt Weill’s “Note Concerning Jazz”   # # In Berlin 1929 Kurt Weil wrote a “Note Concerning Jazz” which today reads as both a prediction and a warning.# Weill wrote in part: # “Today it appears to me… … read more AJBlog: Unanswered Question Published 2016-05-08 Weekend Extra: Bing Crosby And John Coltrane Bing Crosby introduced “Love Thy Neighbor” in a scene with Ethel Merman and Leon Errol when Crosby co-starred with Carol Lombard (both pictured left) in the 1934 motion picture We’re N...
Tags: Art, Berlin, Ajblogs, Christie, Crosby, Ethel Merman, Sotheby, Kurt Weil, Kurt Weill, Weill, Carol Lombard, Carla Bley, 05.08.16

Memories of Ann Miller

In honor of the legendary movie star Ann Miller, I wanted to write some fond memories. When I was 19 I was the Musical Director of Sugar Babies on Broadway for the entire run. This was a pretty heavy job for a kid and when I asked Mickey Rooney if he minded that I was so young, he looked me straight in the eye (we were the same height) and said, "Kid, when I was 16 I was the biggest box office star in the world!" During the difficult out of town try-outs the choreographer and producer were at o...
Tags: New York, Broadway, Annie, ANN, Huffington Post, Tony, Evita, Glen, Mickey, Ethel Merman, Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney, Patti LuPone, Halston, Glen Roven, Sugar Babies

Back To The Sixties

On May 24, 1966, one of my favorite musicals opened on Broadway. Not only did Mame receive rave reviews from critics, Jerry Herman's musical catapulted Angela Lansbury into a new phase of her remarkable career. As we look back from a vantage point of 50 years, it becomes obvious that the success of Mame stood smack in the middle of a golden age of musical theatre. Not only did 1966 begin with several long-running hits packing in audiences, some great talents were entertaining audiences. Over at ...
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