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The Berman presents Jerry Herman salute December 9

PreviewUncategorized November 23, 2017 David Kiley

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.–Jerry Herman is a legendary composer/lyricist of the American musical theatre and one of Broadway’s most beloved icons.  From “Hello Dolly” and “Mame” to “Mack and Mabel” and “La Cage aux Follies,” Herman’s song have lit up Broadway with toe-tapping, soul-stirring musical showstoppers.

Now he’s sharing his legacy with a new generation of music lovers.  The ASCAP Foundation and Spot-On Entertainment present Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert starring a cast of New York’s top Broadway and concert stars who celebrate the songs and stories of one of the true giants of theatre.

STARRING: Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Jason Graae, Scott Coulter and John Boswell.

One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte has found herself in demand from the Broadway Stage to the concert stage and beyond. She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. Debbie has appeared in the ENCORE’S series productions of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TENDERLOIN, and CARNIVAL at New York’s CITY CENTER.

Klea Blackhurst is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award- winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow. Most recently she starred in the highly acclaimed production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House and The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville, directed by legendary comedian, Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Klea also played Rose in Drury Lane Chicago’s Gypsy, garnering rave reviews in 2012.

The New York Times recently said, “Nowadays, probably no other performer could infuse (that song) with the manic mischief that Jason Graae, a frisky clown with a real tenor, pumped into it…”

Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in “A Grand Night For Singing”, “Falsettos”, “Stardust”, “Snoopy!”, “Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?”. Off- Broadway shows include “Forever Plaid”, “Olympus on My Mind”, “All in the Timing”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)” and many more.