“We need a Little Christmas” and who better to usher in the season than Jerry Herman whose song has become part of our Christmas canon. He musicalized two of the iconic women characters in theater, Dolly and Mame. His songs have become part of the American Songbook, finding their way into cabaret rooms and concert halls: the title songs from Hello, Dolly! and Mame, “It’s Today,” “If He Walked into My Life,” “I Don’t Want to Know,” “Time Heals Everything,” “I Won’t Send Roses,” “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times.” As for Dolly, many greats have descended the staircase at the Harmonia Gardens, starting with Carol Channing in the original Broadway production and immortalized on film by Barbra Streisand. In between, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey and Ethel Merman, for whom the score was originally written, graced Broadway, putting their indelible stamp on the character. From high schools to community theaters to regional theaters and back to Broadway, shows with scores by Mr. Herman have brought enormous joy to theatergoers around the world. He broke ground as part of the creative team that brought La Cage aux Folles to the stage, the first time a same-sex couple was center stage in a major musical. “Before the Parade Passes By,” we honor Jerry Herman as he celebrates his 80th birthday and induct him into the Cabaret Hall of Fame.
Category: Hall of Fame