In Laguna Beach, Broadway (the street) stops just before it gets to the Laguna Playhouse, whereupon it becomes Laguna Canyon Road.
Next week, although the playhouse isn't on Broadway, Broadway will be at the playhouse. "Ethel Merman's Broadway," that is.
OK, Ethel Merman has been singing with the celestial choir since 1984, but she's still recognized as the queen of the Broadway musical. Only a few singers (Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli) ever were capable of bouncing a song off the back wall like this lady could.
On Sept. 8, "Ethel Merman's Broadway" opens a limited two-week engagement at the Playhouse with the brassy vocal tones of Rita McKenzie showing her audiences why there's still no business like show business. The show is ticketed through Sept. 19.
"With the huge interest in Broadway that stems from the popular PBS series, audiences want to know more than ever what the great stars of Broadway's golden era were all about," said show producer Scott Stander. "Rita McKenzie began performing this show more than 15 years ago and discovered that people really responded to the recreation of the experience with Ethel Merman, who as a performer was all but a force of nature on stage. Rita McKenzie fits the bill perfectly."