Book & Lyrics by Stephen Cole Music by David Evans
A tuneful, original smart, funny, warm new musical comedy about childhood, parents, Broadway and Ethel Merman. Who could ask for anything more?
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!
After selling out back in June at Birdland, we are coming back for a One-Night-Only Reprise to celebrate the release of the Original Cast CD from Jay Records!
"Melodies that have the perfect period pizzazz to remind us of when Broadway really was Broadway. MERMAN’S APPRENTICE hits the bull’s eye."
Peter Filichia, theater critic, Star-Ledger emeritus
"A hilarious good time from start to finish! Cole, the book writer and lyricist, has struck storyline gold. Book and lyrics are solidly supported by David Evan’s tuneful and sprightly music, which includes several lovely ballads for musical texture. Klea Blackhurst is the perfect Merman. Elizabeth Teeter is a young actor to watch; she has talent and confidence. Her synergy with Blackhurst is apparent...seriously funny perfection...a true musical comedy!"
Marilyn Lester, Theatre Pizzazz
Birdland Jazz Club 315 West 44th St New York, NY, 10036
January 18th @7pm
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