Photo Coverage: Herman Toasted at L.A. Tonys Party
On Sunday, June 10th at L.A.'s Skirball Center, the Actors Fund paid tribute to Jerry Herman at its 11th Annual Tony Awards Party, featuring a live feed of the 61st Annual Tony Awards as they happened in New York. Guests were treated to a special performance by Karen Morrow (The Grass Harp), who also presented Herman with the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement. Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray) hosted.
In addition to Vilanch, the evening featured - among others - Dick Gautier, Carole Cook, Mary Jo Catlett, Michael Learned, Charlotte Rae and Theodore Bikel.
"There is never an evening when, somewhere in the world, the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman are not being sung by a lady in a red headdress, or a lady with a bugle, or a middle-aged man in a wig and a boa. Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles are home to some of the most popular, most-often performed and most successful musical heroines of all time, and have given Jerry the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway. His first Broadway show was Milk and Honey (1961), followed by Hello, Dolly! (1964), Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Mack & Mabel (1974), The Grand Tour (1979), La Cage aux Folles (1983), Jerry's Girls (1985) and "Mrs. Santa Claus" (1966), a CBS-TV special starring Angela Lansbury. Showtune, a revue of his life's work, is performing in regional theatres around the country. Herman's string of awards and honors include Tonys, Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, the Johnny Mercer Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Oscar Hammerstein Award, the Frederick Lowe Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame. He is the subject of the upcoming PBS documentary "Words and Music by Jerry Herman," a film by Amber Edwards.
Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information on the Actors Fund.
Photos by Bill Dow
Carole Cook and Tom Troupe
Charlotte Rae and Larry Preston
The Actors Fund's Jomarie Ward (Chairman of the Western Council)
Lee Newman (great-grandson of Eddie Cantor) and Randy LaPlante
Dick Gautier and guest
James Karen and wife
Mike Burstyn, Victor Lundin and their wives
Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna
Henry Polic and Jon Maher
Mr. Blackwell and R.L. Spencer
Bruce Vilanch hosts the ceremony
Bruce Vilanch "spins the Lucite" for raffle