“Everything the Traffic Will Allow–
The Songs and Sass of Ethel Merman”
September 18, 2019
Klea Blackhurst pays tribute to the songs made famous by the legendary stage personality Ethel Merman. The concert highlights what is arguably the greatest body of show music ever written for a single performer featuring such songs as I Got Rhythm from Girl Crazy, You’re the Top/Blow Gabriel, Blow from Anything Goes, and There’s No Business Like Show Business from Annie Get Your Gun.
Merman aficionados will recognize World Take Me Back, written especially for her performance in Hello, Dolly!
Everything The Traffic Will Allow is not a recreation of Ms. Merman, but a paean to the great Broadway legend and serves as a potent and happy reminder of Ethel Merman’s sheer, undeniable importance to both the history of twentieth century entertainment and to the unbridled jubilation of show business at its best.