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Subject: Tony Winning Composer Jerry Herman

Dies at 88
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Date Posted: Friday, December 27, 04:01:00am

Jerry Herman dies: Tony award winning composer of Hello, Dolly! passes away aged 88

Jerry Herman has passed away aged 88 (Picture: Getty)

Tony award winning composer Jerry Herman has passed away aged 88, following pulmonary complications.

The composer and lyricist, who composed the scores for several hit Broadway musicals including Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles, died in Miami where he had been living with his partner, Terry Marler, a real estate broker.

News of his death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his goddaughter, Jane Dorian, who said plans for a memorial service are still in the works for Jerry, whose songs ‘are always on our lips and in our hearts’.

Jerry created 10 Broadway shows throughout his career, contributing to several more, and won two Tony awards for best musical, being awarded the honour for Hello, Dolly! in 1964 and La Cage aux Folles in 1983.

He also won two Grammy awards, one for the cast album for Mame and song of the year for Hello, Dolly!, as he was lauded for his optimistic and hopeful songs.

Born in New York in 1931 and raised in Jersey City, Jerry learned to play the piano by himself while his parents ran a children’s summer camp in the Catskills.
Veteran composer Jerry Herman
He was lauded for his work in musical theatre (Picture: Los Angeles Times/Getty)
composer Jerry Herman
His goddaughter confirmed he had passed away from pulmonary complications (Picture: AP)

Jerry credited his love of musical theatre and desire to become a composer of showtunes to his parents taking him to see Annie Get Your Gun as a child, after which he went home and played five of Irving Berlin’s songs on the piano.

He told AP in 1996: ‘I thought what a gift this man has given a stranger. I wanted to give that gift to other people. That was my great inspiration, that night.’

As well as theatre, he was a keen interior decorator, having renovated over 38 houses in his lifetime, including a firehouse he had given a makeover, which was featured in Architectural Digest.
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Jerry graduated from the University of Miami, before heading back to New York to play piano in a jazz club before making his Broadway debut in 1960.

He is survived by his partner, Terry, his goddaughter Jane and her daughter Sarah Haspel.


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NY Times Obit (link)(NT)Friday, December 27, 04:25:30am
Huge Broadway passing! (NT)Rest in Peace!Friday, December 27, 04:46:07am
PlagarismDerBingleFriday, December 27, 06:33:55am
  • "Hello Dolly" -- Louis Armstrong, Friday, December 27, 11:17:14am
He was the first Broadway composer to have three hits that ran for over 1500 performances each ("Hello Dolly!", "Mame", and "La Cage aux Folles." (NT)egee33Friday, December 27, 11:42:05am
Amazing that he was disgnosed with HIV in the mid-80's (NT)Magic Johnson's 1991 diagnosis was considered a death sentenceFriday, December 27, 07:47:54pm

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