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It’s the triumphant return of Rita McKenzie’s award winning performance in Ethel Merman’s Broadway, the country’s longest running one-woman musical. This special one-night-only event will be presented as a benefit for Broadway Dreams ( Rita McKenzie and her critically acclaimed show have performed throughout the world – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Pasadena Playhouse – from Canada to Europe and Asia. And now she’s back in New York City for one performance and this great cause. Miss McKenzie is currently co-starring Off Broadway in the musical Ruthless!. She has performed in the national tour of Neil Simon’s female version of The Odd Couple co-starring with Barbara Eden. She was honored for her outstanding portrayal of Olive Madison with a National Broadway Theatre nomination as Best Actress in a Touring Play. She also recently toured with Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna in their production of Bermuda Avenue Triangle. Ms. McKenzie created the role of Phoebe Farber in Sam Harris’ production of Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood! in Los Angeles, and she played Maggie Jones in 42nd Street tour with Mariette Hartley. In addition, Ms. McKenzie also toured the country in Merman’s signature role as Annie Oakley in the 50th anniversary production ofAnnie Get Your Gun opposite Glenn Yarbrough. Ms. McKenzie has had the privilege of opening for stars such as Steve Allen, Don Knotts, Norm Crosby and Milton Berle and she has been an acclaimed Pops guest artist with virtually every major symphony across the country. An accomplished TV and film actress, Ms. McKenzie played Alice, the housekeeper, on Fox’s “The Brady Bunch: The Final Days,” has guest-starred on NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” Mrs. Littlejohn on NBC’s “Frasier,” Rita Marcus on the Family Channel’s “Big Brother Jake,” and her recurring role on “Daddy Dearest,” starring Richard Lewis and Don Rickles.

ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY is a love letter to the life and times of Ethel Merman, the Queen of Broadway’s Golden Age. Ms. McKenzie brings to life 16 of the greatest hits of Broadway in this thrilling show which recalls the glorious days of the Great White Way and it’s brightest Star. Under the direction of Christopher Powich and Musical Direction by David Snyder, McKenzie triumphs in a role in which she recreates the excitement of La Merm. A night to remember! Produced by Evan Sacks.


Past Performances

  • Wed, Sep 28 :7:00 pm
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