David Evans, Klea Blackhurst, and Stephen Cole at Birdland Jazz"Call Me Adam" chats with writer and lyricist Stephen Cole and composer David Evans about their NEW musical Merman's Apprentice which will be presented as a one night only concert at NYC's famed Birdland Jazz on Monday, June 15 at 7pm as part of Broadway at Birdland. Click here for tickets!

In Merman's Apprentice, The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end, although twelve-year-old "Muriel Plakenstein" doesn't know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, meets the Queen of Broadway "Ethel Merman," who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal, where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star "Muriel" in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, "Merman" takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star...making little "Muriel Plakenstein" Merman's Apprentice!

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Call Me Adam's Merman's Apprentice interview with Stephen Cole and David Evans:

Merman's Apprentice is a new musical fable lead by Klea Blackhurst as "Ethel Merman," with Tony nominee Anita Gillette as "Ethel’s Mom," Tony nominee Richard Kind as "David Merrick," P.J. Benjamin as "Ethel’s Pop" and 13 year-old Elizabeth Teeter as "Muriel Plakenstein": Merman's Apprentice. Additional cast members include Adam Grupper, Eddie Korbich and Brian Charles Rooney.

Stephen ColeMore on Stephen:

Stephen Cole is an award-winning musical theatre writer whose shows have been recorded, published, and produced from New York City to London to the Middle East and Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland. Stephen’s creations include: After the Fair, The Night of The Hunter (Goodman), Saturday Night at Grossingers, Casper (Chita Rivera), Dodsworth (Dee Hoty, Hal Linden) and The Road to Qatar. Last season Cole wrote and directed Inventing Mary Martin, which played Off-Broadway starring Emily Skinner, Jason Graae, Lynne Halliday and Cameron Adams.

Stephen Cole’s The Black and White Ball, written with Todd Ellison, was produced by Chicago's FWD Theatre Project this past January. This year, Stephen conceived and wrote and hosted an evening of his songs entitled Cole Mining: The Songs of Stephen Cole at off Broadway's Urban Stages. This evening featured numbers from many of his shows sung by Marni Nixon, Klea Blackhurst, George Dvorsky and Sara Zahn. Stephen has also collaborated with David Krane, Todd Ellison, Susan Kim, Claibe Richardson, Jeffrey Saver, Steve Silverstein, Billy Straus and Matthew Ward.

David EvansMore on David:

David Evans is a composer and musical director/conductor whose credits include: A...My Name is Alice, Children’s Letters to God, Wicked, Company, Flower Drum Song, Bells are Ringing, Marie Christine and As Thousands Cheer. For the past 11 years David has been associate conductor of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

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