Jerry Herman at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors
Well-known Broadway composer Jerry Herman, who wrote Hello Dolly, La Cage Aux Folles and Mame, died at 88 in Miami Hospital, according to the goddess Jane Dorian.
The NYT reports: “He also made the stage story as the first songwriter to have three musicals run over 1,500 on Broadway -” Hello, Dolly! “With 2,844,” Mame “with 1,508, and” La Cage “with 1,761 – and remains one of only two to achieve this feat. “La Cage” (1983) was the only Broadway musical to win Tony for Best Renaissance twice, in 2004 and 2010 (Stephen Schwartz, with “Pippin”, “The Magic Show” and “Wicked” “productions”.
L.A. The Times adds: “La Cage aux Folles put him back on top. Based on a French comedy film, 1983 music was a humorous but moving love story with a gay and transsexual couple at its heart. Herman’s songs were credited with helping mainstream audiences interested in homosexual characters, a bold concept then. … But AIDS, which destroyed the supporting cast of “La Cage aux Folles”, would bring direct contact with the life of Herman, who was openly gay. In the late 1980s he was diagnosed with HIV and lost AIDS, Martin Finkelstein’s longtime partner.
The NYT adds: “Critics – gay and straight – called the show very cautious, especially at a time when AIDS became a complete crisis in America and homophobia was widespread. But Mr Herman insisted the music scene was not a soap and said of the gay community: “One day when they are old and gray, they will realize what this show is doing for their cause and send a thank you note.” ‘
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