The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce the return of Merman’s Apprentice, a new musical fable by Stephen Cole & David Evans. The one-night-only event will take place on Monday, January 18 at 7pm.
The evening will be a return engagement of June 2015's sold out concert of Merman’s Apprentice celebrating the release of the Original Cast Album produced by John Yap for Jay Records! Once again, Birdland favorite Klea Blackhurst will star as Ethel Merman with a star-studded supporting cast lead by Tony Nominee Anita Gillette, Bill Nolte, Adam Grupper, Eddie Korbich, Brian Charles Rooney, F. Michael Haynie, Desi Oakley, Sarah Sessler, a six piece band with orchestrations by Lynne Shankel, led by Lawrence Yurman, and featuring 13 year old Elizabeth Teeter as Muriel Plakenstein.
Picture it: 1970. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end. But twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn't know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and meets the Queen of Broadway, Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star...making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman's Apprentice.
Merman’s Apprentice is a tuneful new musical comedy about childhood, parents, Broadway, and Ethel Merman. Who could ask for anything more?
Merman’s Apprentice Concert and CD Release Celebration
Monday, January 18 at 7pm
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
$25 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
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