This Irving Berlin musical's raison d'etre in 1950 was to prove that Ethel Merman — who had triumphed a few years earlier as the un-scrubbed Annie Oakley in Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun — could shine equally as the chic American ambassador to a fictional European nation. The show poked fun at a far more polite and benign political world than the one we live in today, but, Merman being Merman, this particular ambassador was more brass than silk.
Berlin had a field day writing for his star, especially with his most famous counterpoint duet, "You're Just in Love," which he wrote during the show's out-of-town tryout. When he completed the song, he called backstage excitedly to sing it to Merman. Upon learning that she wasn't in the building, he went ahead and sang it to the assistant stage manager who had picked up the phone — a 22-year-old Hal Prince. The song spent 15 weeks on the hit parade and has been a mainstay of the cabaret stage ever since. With other beloved standards such as "It's a Lovely Day Today" and "Something to Dance About," Call Me Madam invites you to a state dinner presided over by "the hostess with the mostess" for a hearty serving of classic musical theater confections.