Herman, Jerry [Gerald]
- John Snelson
(b New York, July 10, 1933). American composer and lyricist. He was self-taught as a musician and studied drama at the University of Miami, where he also began writing for revue. He moved to New York, working as a night club pianist and writing for television, and reused some of his earlier material from Miami for the revue I Feel Wonderful, presented off-Broadway (1954). His next revue Nightcap (1958) was later revised as Parade (1960). His first full-scale musical was Milk and Honey (1961) which gave him a hit song in ‘Shalom’; it starred the opera singers Robert Weede and Mimi Benzell and the long-established Yiddish performer, Molly Picon. Hello Dolly! (1964) reinforced Herman’s breezy style and the show won ten Tony awards including those for Best Actress for Carol Channing’s famous portrayal of Dolly Levi and Best Composer for Herman. With ...