The Playbill Vault Remembers Tony Award Winner Ethel Merman

By Megan Dekic
16 Jan 2014



Her next role came in 1950's Call Me Madam, a satire on American politics and foreign affairs. Merman starred as Sally Adams in a cast that included Paul Lukas, Alan Hewitt and Russell Nype.

Directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the musical opened Oct. 12, 1950, at the Imperial Theatre, where it enjoyed a 644-performance run. Merman's critically acclaimed performance earned her the 1951 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Featured actor Nype and composer-lyricist Irving Berlin were also awarded Tonys for their work. Merman would later star in the 1953 film adaptation of the musical.

Read the Call Me Madam Playbill here.

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