129 W. 67th St.
Upper West Side, NY 10023
Description: This concert celebrates the extraordinary life and career of composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, who is primarily known as the writer of snappy, up-tempo show tunes like "Hello, Dolly" and "Mame." This concert, which honors Herman's 80th birthday and 50-year career, will demonstrate that he is a uniquely versatile and gifted composer and lyricist who may be underrated because he makes it look so easy. The recipient of the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, Herman is one of only two composers/lyricists to have three musicals run more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway.
The concert will feature some of Herman's early, lesser-known gems (including a duet he wrote, uncredited, for the musical "Ben Franklin In Paris") and will celebrate three of his lesser-known shows: "Mack and Mabel" (his personal favorite score); "The Grand Tour"; and "Dear World," the 1969 musical based on The Madwoman of Chaillot that contains some of his most moving and sophisticated songs.
Venue Description: Merkin Concert Hall's innovative programming and intimate setting have earned it a reputation as one of New York City's finest concert venues. Noted in the New York Times for its "reputation for avant-gardism of a cool and cerebral nature," Merkin presents adventurous work -- including many world premieres -- by contemporary composers and some of today's most acclaimed and inspiring performers.
In addition to cutting-edge new music, Merkin Concert Hall presents some of the best new talents in the classical world, celebrations of musical theater with Broadway's top professionals, and lively musical reviews for children and families. Programs for children include the Broadway Playhouse series, which introduces classic Broadway musicals to a new generation of musical theater fans, and Musical Adventures with the Poppy Seed Players -- musical plays for families about the great Jewish heritage. Other signature series include Broadway Close Up, Tuesday Matinees, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the New York Guitar Festival, New York Festival of Song and New Sounds Live hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.