Jerry Herman

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Jerry Herman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2005-2006 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his incredible contributions to Broadway and Motion Pictures as both a composer and lyricist. There is never an evening when, somewhere in the world, the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman are not being sung by a lady in a red headdress, or a lady with a bugle, or a middle-aged man in a wig and a boa. Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage are home to some of the most popular, most-often performed and most successful musical heroines of all time, and have given Jerry the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway. His first Broadway show was Milk and Honey (1961), followed by Hello, Dolly! (1964), Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Mack & Mabel (1974), The Grand Tour (1979), La Cage (1983), Jerry’s Girls (1985), and “Mrs. Santa Claus” (1966) a CBS TV special staring Angela Lansbury. Showtune, a revue of his life’s work, is performing in regional theaters around the country. His string of awards and honors includes, Tonys, Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, the Johnny Mercer Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Oscar Hammerstein Award, the Frederick Lowe Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Theatre Hall of Fame.


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