Jerry’s Girls celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman.
And there’s much to celebrate in this two-hour musical entertainment – glamour, optimism, love, melody, and women.
More than most songwriters, Jerry has put the “larger-than-life” women of his shows centre stage. There’s Dolly Gallagher Levi of Hello, Dolly!, Aunty Mame Dennis of Mame, Countess Aurelia in Dear World, Mabel Normand of Mack and Mabel. And, in a unique way, there’s female impersonator ZaZa of La Cage aux Folles.
So it is fitting that in Jerry’s Girls there are women centre stage once again. Women affectionately celebrating Jerry’s special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of the American musical theatre.
In all versions of Jerry’s Girls, this musical entertainment has been based on concepts that are original and that honour Jerry’s terrific mixture of show-stoppers, ballads and comedy songs.
Created by Jerry Herman and Larry Alford in 1981, the show originated as a modest, but highly-acclaimed presentation at Onstage, a nightclub located in the Theatre District in midtown-Manhattan (New York City). Writing in The New York Times, John S. Wilson called it "a brilliantly lively and scintillating evening of cabaret."
After La Cage aux Folles opened to rave reviews two years later, producer Zev Bufman approached the pair and suggested they mount a full-scale, all-star version. On February 28, 1984, the expanded Jerry's Girls premiered at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach, Florida, with Carol Channing, Andrea McArdle, and Leslie Uggams, backed by an all-female chorus, recreating scenes and songs from Herman's hits. An original cast recording was released by Polydor Records.
After fourteen previews, the Broadway production, directed by Alford and choreographed by Wayne Cilento, opened on December 18, 1985 at the St. James Theatre. It ran for 141 performances. Uggams was joined by new cast members Dorothy Loudon and Chita Rivera. Chita Rivera was nominated for her role in this musical at the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical at the 1986, 40th Tony Awards.
The ‘girls’ in the title refers to, not only all the female characters created by Jerry Herman and his collaborators, but also, all the performers who have brought those characters to life on stages all around the world. Performers like: Carol Channing; Beatrice Arthur; Ether Merman; Bernadette Peters; Phyllis Diller; Anne Miller; Elaine Stritch; Ginger Rodgers; Betty Grable; Lucy Arnez; Lucille Ball; Dorothy Lamour; Eydie Gorme; Jane Russell; Angela Lansbury; Juliet Prowse; Barbra Streisand; Mary Martin; Pearl Bailey; Eve Arden; and a host of others.
Now we add our own twist to this show and bring to the stage lots of local ‘Jerry’s Girls’: Margaret Courtney, Synda Turnbull, Michelle Lamarca , Hannah Smith-Phasey, Melony Brests, and introducing to the Noosa Arts stage, Shari Hall, Kris Hyde, Jules Stanway, Julie Fullerton, Dani Vickery, and Cath Galloway.
Noosa Arts Theatres, Weyba Road, Noosaville
Cut-price Preview SEPTEMBER 4 at 7.30pm, all tickets $25
Evenings: SEPTEMBER 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm
Matinees: SEPTEMBER 7, 14 & 21 at 2pm
Adult $35 | Concession $30 | Member/Group $28 | Child (U17) $25
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