16 Jan 2013
Ethel Merman – who possessed the voice that defined the Broadway belt – would have turned 105 Jan. 16. Rose, Reno Sweeney and Annie Oakley were all strong, no-nonsense women and so was the woman who played them on stage.
In honor of The Merm's birthday, Playbill.com is sharing some of our favorite videos. Turn up the volume, hold your hats and hallelujah...
The opening of her 1965 BBC television concert An Evening With Ethel Merman, performing "A Lady With A Song"/"I Got Rhythm".
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.