×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Words and Music of Jerry Herman: Tap Your Troubles Away
     

The Words and Music of Jerry Herman: Tap Your Troubles Away

 
Musical theater songwriter Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles) is celebrated in this two-hour concert benefiting the Actors' Fund of America, held in Los Angeles. Despite his Broadway pedigree, Herman has a pronounced affinity for the movies expressed in his work on such shows as Mack & Mabel (a musical biography of

Overview

Musical theater songwriter Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles) is celebrated in this two-hour concert benefiting the Actors' Fund of America, held in Los Angeles. Despite his Broadway pedigree, Herman has a pronounced affinity for the movies expressed in his work on such shows as Mack & Mabel (a musical biography of silent film director Mack Sennett and silent film actress Mabel Normand) and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. That affinity is accentuated in the performances by a bevy of performers who straddle the worlds of musical theater, film, television, and nightclubs. As such, the performances, with each singer getting one song, often lack the particularity and subtlety of theater renditions. Jo Anne Worley (best known for TV's Laugh-In) engages the audience in a medley of "Just Leave Everything to Me" and "I Want to Make the World Laugh," and Jason Graae brings so much comic stage business to "You I Like" that he nearly forgets to sing the actual song. It isn't only the humorous material that gets over-the-top performances, however. In ballad after ballad, the singers come off hammy and histrionic as they swing for the fences in songs like "Kiss Her Now," "Loving You," and "Song on the Sand." All of these turn up in the first act, which has more of Herman's obscure songs than the second. And, to be sure, subtlety is not always a Herman hallmark. One can hardly sing the anthemic "I Am What I Am" or "If He Walked into My Life" in an understated way and have them come across. But still, there are better performances that demonstrate what can be done even with unfamiliar material. Nancy Dussault has fun with the newest song in the show, "Where in the World Is My Prince?," from Miss Spectacular. Rita Moreno, charged with a man's song, "I Won't Send Roses," turns it into a three-act play in a risky interpretation that pays off. Tyne Daly dons a French accent and sings a medley of two songs from Dear World in character as the Madwoman of Chaillot. Lee Roy Reams makes a phrase like "over the top" seem completely inadequate by adding his impersonations of Tallulah Bankhead and Marlene Dietrich, among others, to "La Cage aux Folles." But the real fireworks are reserved for the end as the big female stars who benefited from Herman's best writing come on stage to pay him tribute: Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Channing. Herman himself is properly overwhelmed and appreciative by the end.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
Label:
Lml Music
UPC:
0711788030225
catalogNumber:
302
Rank:
114141

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernadette Peters   Track Performer
Rod McKuen   Track Performer
Rick Crawford   Track Performer
Carol Channing   Track Performer
Rita Moreno   Track Performer
Jerry Herman   Track Performer
Leslie Uggams   Track Performer
Peter Beckett   Track Performer
Mark Converse   Drums
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Ken Page   Track Performer
Tyne Daly   Track Performer
Angela Lansbury   Track Performer
Jason Graae   Track Performer
John Vaughan   Track Performer
Dale Kristien   Track Performer
Ron Abel   Piano,Conductor
Davis Gaines   Track Performer
Mary Jo Catlett   Track Performer
Hugh Panaro   Track Performer
Carole Cook   Track Performer
Lee Roy Reams   Track Performer
Nancy Dussault   Track Performer
Wilson Cruz   Track Performer
Lauri Johnson   Track Performer
David Galligan   Staging
Reece Holland   Track Performer
Brian Lane Green   Track Performer
Karen Morrow   Track Performer
Marcia Rodd   Track Performer
Michael McGuire   Track Performer
Steve Orich   Synthesizer
Douglas Sills   Track Performer
Marsha Kramer   Track Performer
Mary VanArsdel   Track Performer
Alexander Rannie   Harp
Company   Track Performer
Charlotte Rae   Track Performer
Jo Anne Worley   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Michael Owens   Choreographer
Ron Abel   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
Doug Haverty   Art Direction
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
Eric Fahlborg   Engineer
David Galligan   Director,Producer
Michael Kearns   Producer
David Michaels   Producer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews