Jerry Herman (1931-2019)

On December 27, 2019 by Theater Talk Web

Theater Talk spotlights the creators of the new original musical “Kid Victory,” currently at the Vineyard Theatre, which tells the unconventional story of a teenage boy’s frightening disappearance, his horrific ordeal during his absence and his difficult re-entry into his family and community 11 months later. Our guests are librettist/lyricist Greg Pierce, composer/co-librettist John Kander, and one of the show’s stars, Karen Ziemba.

In anticipation of the revival of “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce (Fun Fact – Greg Pierce’s uncle) at the Shubert Theatre, we present an encore of our 2002 interview with Dolly’s songwriter, Jerry Herman. He discusses his life-changing first meeting with producer David Merrick – where he received a copy of “Matchmaker, Draft #1,” librettist Michael Stewart’s earliest adaptation of the Thornton Wilder play that was to become “Hello, Dolly!” He stayed up all-night reading it, and wrote 4 songs in just 4 days to land the job as composer/lyricist for the 1964 smash hit.

Taped: 02-03-17

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