On this day in 1909, American musical comedy legend Ethel Merman was born in Astoria, New York. One of Broadway’s brightest stars, she performed in such classics as Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam, and Anything Goes. Today, Miss Merman may be best known for her show-stopping performance of the song There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954).
For performers everywhere, Ethel Merman had sound advice. She said, “Always give your audience the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.” The stars quoted below agree wholeheartedly.
Whether at Home, School, Work, or on Stage, Give Your Audience a Performance Worth Remembering
B. B. King
“If you really want to be an artist, go out and find the electricity. It’s somewhere.”
“Don’t stop to analyze the performance. Just perform…and enjoy.”
”The main thing is to live for the audience and remember you’re there to please them. When you’re on stage, those few moments belong to them.”
“My goal is to perform in such a way that someone in the audience leaves feeling a little better than when he came.”
“If you can’t do it with feeling, don’t.”
Today’s Bible Verse
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11 NIV