Tony Awards to honor Jerry Herman

Composer will be feted at annual event

The 63rd annual Tony Awards event honors one theater company and three legiters. Virginia’s Signature Theater is the former; the latter include publicist Shirley Herz, actress-humanitarian Phyllis Newman and composer Jerry Herman.

With two Tonys (“La Cage aux Folles,” “Hello, Dolly!”) already on his mantel, Herman doesn’t really need a third. But his deserved honor on June 7 points up a major omission. The man who also wrote the scores for “Mame” and “Mack and Mable” has never received a Kennedy Center Honor.

Not to take anything away from Andrew Lloyd Webber, a 2006 Kennedy Center honoree, but arts and entertainment is one arena in which the D.C. org might indulge in a little chauvinism. Just as the British songwriter owns the longest-running title in Broadway history, “The Phantom of the Opera,” that distinction used to belong to Herman with his “Hello, Dolly!” And speaking of records, Herman remains the only composer in Broadway history to have had three shows that played more than 1,500 consecutive perfs.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety