Jerry Herman


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, with its World Premiere Revision here at the Colony in 2005, music and lyrics by Mr. Herman), La Cage (1983), Jerry’s Girls (1985), and Mrs. Santa Claus (1996), a CBS TV special starring Angela Lansbury. 

Showtune, a revue of his life’s work, is performing in regional theatres 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.

November, 2005