‘Ethel Merman’s Broadway’ Star Was 76 – The Hollywood Reporter


Rita McKenzie, known for her performances in “Ethel Merman’s Broadway,” has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 76 due to an illness. McKenzie first starred as Merman in New York in 1988 and her one-woman show toured the U.S., Europe, and Asia, making it one of the longest-running one-woman shows in history. Known for her roles in “Anything Goes,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and “Gypsy,” McKenzie also worked with Merman in the parts she made famous. Throughout her career, she opened for stars such as Milton Berle, Don Knotts, Norm Crosby, Donald O’Connor, and Steve Allen. She also served as an interview host for the stage appearances of “Real Housewives” stars and was a producer alongside her husband for the pre-Broadway tour of “All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

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