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Tony Award-winning composer Jerry Herman dead at 88

Jerry Herman, one of the 2010 Kennedy Center honorees, arrives for the formal artist's dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors at the United States Department of State December 4, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Posted at 5:35 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 05:35:59-05

MIAMI (AP) - The Tony Award-winning composer who wrote the cheerful, good-natured music and lyrics for such classic shows as "Mame," "Hello, Dolly!" and "La Cage aux Folles," has died. Jerry Herman, a University of Miami graduate, was 88.

The creator of 10 Broadway shows and contributor to several more, Herman won two Tony Awards for best musical: “Hello, Dolly!” in 1964 and “La Cage aux Folles” in 1983. He also won two Grammys -- for the “Mame” cast album and “Hello, Dolly!” as song of the year -- and was a Kennedy Center honoree.

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.