Legendary Broadway songwriter Jerry Herman has died. The author of the hit musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles was 88.
Publicist Harlan Boll said Herman was taken to a Miami hospital Thursday night complaining of chest pain and later died of pulmonary complications.
The title of Jerry Herman’s autobiography was Showtune, and if there ever was a Broadway composer who wrote good, old-fashioned, hummable show tunes, it was Jerry Herman.
The Associated Press reports:
His goddaughter Jane Dorian confirmed his death to The Associated Press early Friday. He died of pulmonary complications in Miami, where he had been living with his partner, real estate broker Terry Marler.
Herman wrote in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition, an optimistic composer at a time when others in his profession were exploring darker feelings and material.
Just a few of his song titles revealed his depth of hope: “I’ll Be Here Tomorrow,” “The Best of Times,” “Tap Your Troubles Away,” “It’s Today,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Before the Parade Passes By.” Even the title song to “Hello, Dolly!” is an advertisement to enjoy life.
If there ever was a Broadway composer who wrote good, old-fashioned, hummable show tunes, it was Jerry Herman. https://t.co/DnEUthjp8x
— NPR (@NPR) December 27, 2019
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist to some of our most beloved musicals ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘MAME’, ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ & ‘Mack & Mabel’ You helped shaped musicals & an inspiration to us all…thank you for the musicals 🎭🎼 pic.twitter.com/daQ4Rvg4M8
— Overtures (@OverturesLDN) December 27, 2019