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. It’s a tuneful, original smart, funny, warm, new musical comedy about childhood, parents, Broadway and Ethel Merman. Who could ask for anything more?
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that a concert version of Merman’s Apprentice, starring Klea Blackhurst, Richard Kind and Anita Gillette, will be on the historic stage Monday, June 15 at 7pm.
Merman’s Apprentice is a new musical fable with Book & Lyrics by Stephen (After the Fair, The Road To Qatar, Night of the Hunter) Cole and Music by David (Birds of Paradise,Children's Letters To God) Evans. Theater and cabaret star Klea Blackhurst will star as Ethel Merman, with a cast lead by Tony nominee Richard Kind as David Merrick, Tony nominee Anita Gillette and 13 year-old Elizabeth Teeter, who is currently playing Young Queen Elizabeth in The Audience on Broadway, and Eddie Korbich and Brian Charles Rooney.
Monday, June 15 at 7pm
Birdland 315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
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