The award-winning composer himself will take part in the May 1 event, which will also feature the talents of Karen Morrow, a longtime interpreter of Herman's songs; Forever Plaid's Jason Graae; and the voice of Belle in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," Paige O'Hara. Don Pippin will serve as the evening's musical director. One of the theatre's most celebrated composers, Jerry Herman has written the scores for such Broadway musicals as Milk and Honey; Hello, Dolly!; Mame; Dear World; Mack & Mabel; The Grand Tour and La Cage aux Folles. He also contributed songs to A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and revues of his work include Jerry's Girls and An Evening with Jerry Herman. The songwriter won Tony Awards for his scores for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles. A new revue of Herman's work, Showtune, which recently played the Helen Hayes Theatre Company in Nyack, New York, will begin performances at Off Broadway's Theatre at St. Peter's Feb. 18.
Tickets for the 7:30 PM DC concert, which will be followed by a post performance discussion with the cast, are priced at $20 and are available by calling (800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2700 F. Street, NW in Washington, D.C. Go to www.kennedy-center.org for more information.