Ethel Merman: Queen of Musical Comedy

gaby rey productions · Ages 6+ · family friendly · one person show · United States of America

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Review by CHARLES ZIARKO

June 15, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

A major disappointment of this year’s festival, at least for me. Mainly a 50-minute lecture covering the life of Merman, in her own voice, in chronological order, with some snippets of songs familiar for their association with her. The Star was Too Young and Too Pretty for the part and, as a writer, evidenced some errors in chronology and lyrics. She does have a PIERCING voice, though it’s not Merman’s voice. The show needed (1) Props, (2) Variations in Costume, (3) Much More Singing (including Lesser Known Material) and (4) Much Less Plodding Narration!

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