Entitled "There's No Business Like Show Business: A Salute to Ethel Merman," the 90-minute evening will begin at the West 52nd Street venue at 6 PM. Attendees can expect to view Merman's performance of "I Got Rhythm" on a 1949 "Texaco Star Theater" broadcast as well as appearances on "That Girl," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "The Muppet Show." A "Person to Person" interview with Merman and her family will also be screened plus a sequence from a 1964 BBC concert and an excerpt from the unsold 1963 comedy pilot "Maggie Brown." The evening will also include a conversation with Merman biographer Brian Kellow ("Ethel Merman: A Life," Viking) and Merman's friend Stephen Cole.
The Paley Center for Media is located in Manhattan at 25 West 52nd Street. For more information visit (212) 621-6600.
The tribute to Merman's centenary will continue with a screening of the 1954 television adaptation of Anything Goes that starred Merman, Frank Sinatra and Bert Lahr. The Paley Center recently acquired a 16 mm film master copy of that production. Screening date and time will be announced shortly.