The Playbill Vault Remembers Tony Award Winner Ethel Merman

By Megan Dekic
16 Jan 2014

Twelve years later, after appearing in the Cole Porter musicals Red, Hot and Blue; Du Barry Was a Lady and Something for the Boys, Merman starred as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun opposite Ray Middleton as Frank Butler. The musical introduced several hit songs written by Irving Berlin, including "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do."

The production opened at the Imperial Theatre on May 16, 1946, and was an immediate success. It ran for 1,147 performances and spawned two Broadway revivals — one in 1966 in which Merman reprised her role and one in 1999 with Bernadette Peters — as well as a 1950 film version starring Betty Hutton.

Read the Annie Get Your Gun Playbill here.