Tony Tuesday: Ethel Merman!


Performing one of her most popular arias.


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  1. you know, i don't think it could be more popular.

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    1. Borgnine aka Mermaid Man. Does that make her the former Mrs Mermaid Woman ?
      The outfit was very "mod/fab" but I would've raised the hemline on both the gown and jacket just so the poor dear could walk without tripping.

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  3. And now modeling evening wear from the Dorothy Zbornak collection ...

    More than the Merm, I've always been impressed that Jule Styne knocked out three great scores -- Bells Are Ringing, Gypsy, Funny Girl -- in a relatively brief period of time. (I have a theory about career peaks + seven-year stretches and I think this falls into it.)

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  4. Is she wearing spare light bulbs on her poncho/vest thing, just in case?

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  5. As with opera, at some point musical comedy will become sufficiently distant from its pop-culture sources that it will fall prey to the kinds of directorial whimsy that end up with productions of, say, The Abduction from the Seraglio set in Swinging London or Aida in '30s pre-war Tokyo. At that point, this is more or less what Momma Rose would wear for Gypsy done as a Kabuki production set in Outer Space. Mark my words - it's only a matter of time.

    And you know what? if only it were possible to have the Merm sing it - I wouldn't mind a bit. Just think what they could come up with for the strippers... or even the pantomime cow.

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    1. Seriously, those close-ups of her singing the last few lines are more than surreal!

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    2. On a semi-related note, I suddenly have the desire to see her as Poo-Bah in The Mikado.

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