Responsible for notable productions such as “Hello, Dolly!,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “Mame,” Herman has been credited with composing some of Broadway’s touchstone tunes — leaving a lasting mark on the landscape of American musicals. Featuring those close to his work, the service, produced by Michael Feinstein, is set to include performances from Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Kelli O’Hara and more. Angela Lansbury, who starred in “Mame,” will also contribute a video. Herman’s daughter, Jane Dorian, and collaborator Alice Borden will also provide remarks.
When the news of Herman’s death broke in December, fans and colleagues recalled the composer’s sense of ebullience that he infused into his work and Broadway overall. On Twitter, Barbra Streisand, star of the 1969 film adaptation of “Hello, Dolly!,” wrote that the composer’s “tuneful optimism brought joy to the world.” Bernadette Peters echoed Streisand’s sentiments, stating that Herman was “always so enthusiastic and uplifting about things.”
Lighting a candle for Broadway musical legend JERRY HERMAN.
His tuneful optimism brought joy to the world. pic.twitter.com/iBwBW39WHB
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) December 27, 2019
After working on off-Broadway musicals, Herman enjoyed his first hit with the 1961 production “Milk and Honey.” Three years later, Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!” garnered him a Tony for Best Composer and Lyricist, and in 2017, he picked up another Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. In addition to two Grammys, the decorated composer was also awarded Tony Awards for Best Original Score for “La Cage aux Folles” — one of musical theater’s first shows to depict an openly gay couple — and the Lifetime Achievement in Theatre prize.