Broadway's Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Jason Graae and More to Tribute Jerry Herman at The Berman

Broadway's Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Jason Graae and More to Tribute Jerry Herman at The Berman

Hello Dolly, Mame, Mack and Mabel and La Cage aux Follies are some examples of composer Jerry Herman's ability to light up Broadway. The music of this legendary lyricist, and one of Broadway's most beloved icons, will light up The Berman Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, December 9.

Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert, is performed by a cast of New York's top Broadway and concert stars, including Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Jason Graae, Scott Coulter and John Boswell on piano.

Audiences experience Jerry Herman's journey with stories and songs from his legendary musical catalog. Find out how Jerry Herman became one of the true giants of not only Broadway, but all theatre. Presented by ASCAP and SpotON Entertainment.

To purchase tickets, please visit theberman.org or call 248.661.1900 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Groups of 10 ore more, call or email theberman@jccdet.org.

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The Berman Center for the Performing Arts is located at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building | Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus at 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322.

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts is a beautiful, 600 seat state-of-the-art venue. The Berman showcases an eclectic variety of world-class entertainment for all audiences of Metro Detroit while showcasing the Jewish Community Center's exceptional events.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Debbie Gravitte (Vocalist) 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. Gravitte has appeared in the Encore's series productions of The Boys From Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival at New York's City Center.

Klea Blackhurst (Vocalist) 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.

Jason Graae (Vocalist) 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!, and 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

Scott Coulter (Vocalist/Creator/Director) is one of New York's most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Scott has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC's top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein's at The Regency where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O'CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O'CLOCK which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazines.

John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart, as well as the concert tours of Cinema Toast, That's Life: A Toast to Sinatra, Blockbuster Today, Three Men and a Baby Grand, Blockbuster Broadway! and The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Sheena Easton. John played the role of "Moose" in the national tour of Crazy For You. Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include Crazy For You, The Secret Garden, Back to Bacharach and David, and The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives. Most recently John composed music for the HBO special Kathy And Mo: The Dark Side. John has six CD's of original music on Hearts of Space Records; The Painter, Kindred Spirits, Count Me In, Festival of The Heart, Trust and Love.


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