The Merman Theater Songbook chronicles and celebrates the life of one of Broadway’s most legendary performers who came to be known as the First Lady of American Musical Theater.
This dynamic and funny musical revue includes more than 30 songs from Merman’s extensive song catalogue and follows her journey from a day job as a stenographer through to when she became the star in her first musical “Girl Crazy”.
The Merman Theater Songbook explore’s how Merman balanced family life, handled rejection and stood her ground against the opinions of musical theater’s most famous composers.
The story of Merman’s life on and off the stage, is punctuated by the songs that defined her career, including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “Anything You Can Do.” Highlighting the work of the songwriters who were inspired by her, including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, The Merman Theater Songbook is performed Bel Canto, the traditional Italian vocal technique that Merman perfected and which engulfed audiences with the richness and nuances of the voice in a pure, acoustic form.
Acoustic Voice evolved from Victorian Music Theatre, and was founded in 2012 by Dr Graham Clarke. Collectively, the members of Acoustic Voice bring years of experience to the stage. With their truly live performances, they hope to create thrilling, engaging theatre that will move an audience.