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Posted on April 22, 2024

This week in 1963, the "indomitable" Ethel Merman returned to the Colonial for a three-week run of the first national tour of GYPSY.
The Tony Award-nominated musical - written by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, and Stephen Sondheim and choreographed by Jerome Robbins - came to the Colonial fresh off of a successful Broadway run. Boston audiences flocked to see the show's star and GYPSY broke house records for a musical at the time.
This was Merman's second Colonial appearance - she previously starred in the American premiere of Cole Porter's ANYTHING GOES, which debuted at the Colonial in 1934.
Fun fact: Stephen Sondheim once said that Ethel Merman's performance in GYPSY is the reason why she was one of his all-time favorite performers.