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re: Ethel is in Heaven smiling.
Posted by: keikekaze 02:52 pm EDT 09/26/21
In reply to: Ethel is in Heaven smiling. - portenopete 12:08 pm EDT 09/26/21

So I'll stick with her being absurd casting for the role and agree (in theory) that she was eminently entertaining to behold.

As I think I indicated below, Merman was not "cast" in the role, so that her "casting" cannot possibly be either "absurd," "ludicrous," nor anything else. The creative team did not write a show and then look around for someone to play the lead in it. That's how a role is cast. Merman was the sine qua non of the whole enterprise from the moment that the idea first jumped into Dorothy Fields' head. Without Merman, it would never have been done. It would be nearer the truth to say that Merman was the subject of the show, and then Annie Oakley was "cast" as the role Merman was going to play, except that Fields probably thought of them both at once.
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