Ethel Merman Musical Revue Premieres at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater Tonight

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A.C.T.'s Geary Theater presents the American premiere of Call Me Miss Birds Eye: A Celebration of Ethel Merman, a musical revue that chronicles and celebrates the life of stage legend Ethel Merman, who came to be known as the First Lady of Musical Theatre. Performances begin July 8.

Written by Jack Tinker and starring Denise Wharmby as Merman, the show is being billed as a pre-Broadway run; performances continue through July 19.

Denise Wharmby
Denise Wharmby

Call Me Miss Birds Eye: A Celebration of Ethel Merman features more than 30 songs from the star's catalogue, such as "There’s No Business Like Show Business," "Everything’s Coming up Roses," "I Get A Kick Out of You" and "Anything You Can Do." It follows her real-life journey from a day job as a stenographer to starring in her first musical, Girl Crazy, and examines how she stood her ground against some of musical theatre's most famous composers.

The production is directed by Frank McCarty with musical direction by Dr. Graham Clarke and choreography by Rick Wallace. The cast also features Martin Grimwood, Don Bridges and Jillian Gundermann. Damien Muller is the designer, and Daniel West is the production manager.

The show is presented by Australia's Acoustic Voice, an acoustic theatre company founded in 2012 that works exclusively with bel canto technique, the traditional Italian vocal technique that Merman herself perfected.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (415) 749-2228 or online at Act-Sf.

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