Friday, January 18, 2008

Just arrived - Fabulous Jerry Herman DVD!

Words And Music By Jerry Herman (NTSC Zone 1 USA)

Words And Music By Jerry Herman, Amber Edwards' delightful PBS documentary, celebrates the life and talent of the gifted composer-lyricist who won Tonys for the scores of Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles.

Among those appearing in the documentary are Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Charles Nelson Reilly, Marge Champion, Arthur Laurents, Michael Feinstein, Fred Ebb, George Hearn, Phyllis Newman, Charles Strouse, Don Pippin, Jason Graae, Francine Pascal, Leslie Uggams, Miles Kreuger, and Ken Bloom. There is also some great home-movie footage (taken by Pippin) of the rehearsals of several Herman shows.

Extras on the DVD include Carol Channing performing the complete title song of Hello, Dolly! at the White House for President Lyndon B. Johnson, "Dancing Shoes" from Herman's 1955 college musical, "Before the Parade Passes By" performed by Herman, and Ethel Merman's last stage appearance as Broadway's seventh (and final) Dolly!

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