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Jerry Herman
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Herman at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors
Born (1931-07-10)July 10, 1931
Died December 26, 2019(2019-12-26) (aged 88)
Monuments Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, U. Miami
Alma mater University of Miami (B.A.)
Partner(s) Martin Finkelstein (d. 1990)
Terry Marler (?–2019)
  • Harry Herman
  • Ruth Sachs Herman
Musical career
Genres Musical theatre
Occupation(s) Composer, Lyricist
Instruments Piano
Years active 1954–2019

Gerald Sheldon Herman (July 10, 1931 – December 26, 2019) was an American composer and lyricist, known for his work in Broadway musical theater. He composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. He was nominated for the Tony Award five times, and won twice, for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles.

According to the Washington Post, Herman's 1983 La Cage aux Folles, which centered on a gay couple whose son is about to marry the daughter of a conservative family, "arrived during the height of the AIDS epidemic and helped put gay life into the cultural mainstream at a time when many gay men were being stigmatized."

In 2009 Herman received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. He was a recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.

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