▶ VIDEO FLASHBACK: Ethel Merman, Marvin Hamlisch, Sardi’s Broadway Salute, 1976 TV

Ethel Merman is joined by a young Marvin Hamlisch for this 1976 salute to Broadway musicals, broadcast from the famed Sardis Restaurant in Shubert Alley.

Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman

Also seen briefly are Hal Linden, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman, Tammy Grimes, Petula Clark, Vivian Blaine, Josephine Premice, Eve Arden, and Vincent Sardi. Merman’s songs include “What I Did For Love from A Chorus Line” and a rare version of “All That Jazz” from “Chicago”.

I LOVE watching Ethel walking up Shubert alley with that huge umbrella in that rain and with the wind blowing. Ethel is really charming as she talks to the audience. I remember how loyal Ethel was to Hamlisch — singing WHAT I DID FOR LOVE on all the TV shows she did during that period. — Star Sky

Ethel Merman and Marvin Hamlisch at Sardi's (1976)

Ethel Merman and Marvin Hamlisch at Sardi’s (1976)

Great fun. Casual, relaxed, and invigorating all at once. Never thought I’d hear Ethel Merman singing “All That Jazz” from “Chicago.” That, alone, makes this video something to be watched repeatedly. Thank you for this GEM! — Karen Ledder

WATCH THIS GREAT 13 MIN VIDEO: Ethel Merman and Marvin Hamlisch at Sardis (1976)


Remembering Ethel Merman, (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) and Marvin Hamlisch (June 2, 1944 — August 6, 2012)


BONUS: All That Jazz, from Chicago (film)

Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch