Paley Center Presents Ethel Merman Tribute Nov. 5

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The Paley Center for Media — formerly The Museum of Television & Radio — will pay tribute to the late musical theatre star Ethel Merman Nov. 5.
Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun
Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun

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.

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