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Words and Music by Jerry Herman

Overview

Jerry Herman is a singer and songwriter who rose to fame on the strength of several hit Broadway shows, launched at a time when the rise of rock and roll was leading many to doubt the future of the American musical theater. Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey to parents with a love of musical theater, Jerry Herman staged his first show while he was in college in 1955, and shortly after graduation he wrote music and lyrics for an off-Broadway show that ran two years. But it was 1964's blockbuster hit Hello ...
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Overview

Jerry Herman is a singer and songwriter who rose to fame on the strength of several hit Broadway shows, launched at a time when the rise of rock and roll was leading many to doubt the future of the American musical theater. Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey to parents with a love of musical theater, Jerry Herman staged his first show while he was in college in 1955, and shortly after graduation he wrote music and lyrics for an off-Broadway show that ran two years. But it was 1964's blockbuster hit Hello Dolly that made Herman a big name on Broadway, and his next show, Mame, was nearly as successful. While many of Herman's subsequent shows were critical successes, they failed to enjoy the same level of success, and the film versions of both Hello Dolly and Mame failed to capture the magic of the stage versions. But Herman enjoyed a surprise comeback with 1983's La Cage Aux Folles, and today he's regarded as one of the last great figures of Broadway's golden age. Filmmaker Amber Edwards pays homage to Herman and his songs with Words and Music by Jerry Herman, a documentary which features performances of some of Herman's best known songs along with stories of his career in music. Among the interview subjects and performers are Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Leslie Uggams, Michael Feinstein, Charles Nelson Reilly, Fred Ebb, Marge Champion and many others.
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Special Features

The complete "Hello, Dolly!" number performed by Carol Channing and the original cast; "Dancin' Shoes" from Jerry Herman's 1955 college musical; "Before the Parade Passes By" with Jerry Herman and Ethel Merman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • UPC: 841887008822
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,586

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Herman Participant
Ken Bloom Participant
Alice Borden Participant
Barry Brown Participant
Marge Champion Participant
Carol Channing Participant
Fred Ebb Participant
Michael Feinstein Participant
Jason Graae Participant
George Hearn Participant
Miles Kreuger Participant
Angela Lansbury Participant
Arthur Laurents Participant
Priscilla Morgan Participant
Phyllis Newman Participant
Francine Pascal Participant
Donald Pippin Participant
Charles Nelson Reilly Participant
Charles Strouse Participant
Leslie Uggams Participant
Technical Credits
Amber Edwards Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Nila Aronow Executive Producer
Mike Budd Cinematographer
Chad Geary Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Horvath Cinematographer
Dean Kreuger Cinematographer
Scott Neall Sound/Sound Designer
John Wynne Cinematographer, Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Words and Music by Jerry Herman
2. The Words and Music of Jerry Herman [9:20]
3. Jersey City [12:28]
4. The Revues, Milk and Honey [6:13]
5. Hello, Dolly! [11:40]
6. Mame and the Movies [7:29]
7. Dear World, Mack & Mabel [14:07]
8. The Grand Tour, La Cage Aux Folles [19:05]
9. Finale [2:26]
10. Credits [1:47]
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Disc #1 -- Words and Music by Jerry Herman
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      The Complete "Hello' Dolly!" Number Perfomed by Carol Channing and the Original Cast
      "Dancin' Shoes" From Jerry Herman's College Musical
      "Before the Parade Passes By" With Jerry Herman and Ethel Merman
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