PLAYBILL PICKS: Fantasy Casting, 11 Diva Performances We'd Love to Have Seen

By Playbill Staff
28 Dec 2012



 

Ethel Merman and Barbara Cook in Wicked

 

 Going back a few decades more, how glorious would Barbara Cook have sounded delivering the stratospheric soprano portions of Stephen Schwartz's score? And, the musical theatre dynamo that was Ethel Merman would surely have been the funniest Elphaba around, and New Yorkers would have undoubtedly heard her rendition of "Defying Gravity" all the way down to Battery Park.

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