Remembering Jerry Herman

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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