After a career that included starring roles in the original productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Call Me Madam and Gypsy, Ethel Merman — the star arguably most synonymous with Broadway musical theatre — went disco when she released "The Ethel Merman Disco Album" in 1979.
The seven-track recording on the A&M Records label did not sell particularly well, but it did go on to achieve a cult status. Now comes word that the Fynsworth Alley label will soon offer the Merman work on CD; no official release date has been announced.
The track listing for the original "The Ethel Merman Disco Album" follows:
Fynsworth Alley is located on the internet at www.fynsworthalley.com On July 23 the label will release — for the first time on CD — Joel Grey in Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour; that recording also features former Evita Florence Lacey, who recently concluded a run in the Kennedy Center's production of Sunday in the Park with George. —By Andrew Gans