Upon the Dec. 1 launch of its beta version, the Playbill Vault includes information on over 10,000 shows and 120,000 actors, creative teams and crew members who have worked or are currently working on Broadway, with content being added on a daily basis.
Everyone remembers that Broadway prima donna assoluta Ethel Merman originated Madame Rose in Gypsy, but she played many iconic roles before and since, opposite musical comedy masters like Bert Lahr, William Gaxton and Jimmy Durante. How many of her shows can you name without peeking? Give up? See details on all those shows, and some classic Playbill covers, in the Playbill Vault.
Continue to page 2 for the answer.
In reverse chronological order, here are Merman's Broadway shows Together on Broadway (Mary Martin & Ethel Merman); A Gala Tribute to Joshua Logan; Annie Get Your Gun (revival); Hello, Dolly!; Gypsy; Happy Hunting; Call Me Madam; Annie Get Your Gun; Sadie Thompson; Something for the Boys; Panama Hattie; Du Barry Was a Lady; Stars in Your Eyes; Red, Hot and Blue; Anything Goes; Take a Chance; George White's Scandals ; Girl Crazy.