Posts tagged "ethel merman"

A little Ethel Merman Broadway "Cocktail" for the weekend!

A little Ethel Merman Broadway "Cocktail" for the weekend!
Since I’m reading a biography of Ethel Merman at the moment, I decided to give you a nice “mixed cocktail” of Ms. Merman and showcase the talent that made Broadway what it is today! “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter! Elaine Stritch on Merman’s Wisdom! Judy Garland and Merman sing a charming medley! THE TITANS: Barbra... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at the letters of “Broadway royalty” sent to Mary. Included are letters from Angela Lansbury discussing problems with Sweeney Todd, Ethel Merman lamenting the death of her daughter to suicide, Richard Rodgers continually (and politely) turning Mary down for role after role... Read more »

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy
“Curtain up, light the lights, we got nothin’ to hit but the heights!” Gypsy: A Musical Fable is widely considered the most perfect musical of all time, boasting over five new productions on Broadway since its premiere in 1959. The story of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother Rose is one of... Read more »
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Steven's Book Reviews: Then & Now (A Memoir) by Broadway Icon Barbara Cook (Harper, 6/16)

Steven's Book Reviews: Then & Now (A Memoir) by Broadway Icon Barbara Cook (Harper, 6/16)
There truly very few memoirs that I can say that I “wished were longer.” Substandard memoirs, especially by celebrities, fall into one of two warring camps: the ones that are catty, overly-gossipy, and sermonic, and the ones that are dull as dishwater, with the personality of the woman at church that falls asleep during mass... Read more »

The Washington Square Dance, a political song for the present

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I quickly wanted to share this humorous song that I found very poignant, as the political pundits roar. What we really need in politics is cohesiveness and unity, not separation and pointless rhetoric. We spend so much time drawing lines in the sand and dividing our lives up into neat little boxes. When it comes... Read more »