If you go
› What: Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert
› Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.
› When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6
› Admission: $15-$85
› For more information: 423-267-8583
Some of the most recognized hits of Broadway — "Hello, Dolly," "If He Walked Into My Life" from "Mame," "I Am What I Am" from "La Cage Aux Folles" — will be performed Saturday, Oct. 6, by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera when the CSO presents Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert.
The 7:30 p.m. concert is the season-opening performance in the Luken Holdings Pops Series. It will be held in the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Singing Herman's hits will be guest vocalists Klea Blackhurst, Debbie Gravitte, Ron Raines and Scott Coulter, a Chattanooga native.
"Among the greatest composers for Broadway in the last 50 years, Jerry Herman's music is wonderful, memorable and important," says Bob Bernhardt, who will conduct the pops concert.
"While his name may not be in front of the mind like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim, Saturday's show will make the delightful argument that the composer of 'Mame,' 'La Cage Aux Folles,' 'Hello Dolly!' and many others deserves his place among the masters.
Herman has been nominated for the Tony Award five times and won twice, for "Hello, Dolly!" and "La Cage aux Folles." In 2009, Herman received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. He is also a recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors award.
His most famous show tune, "Hello, Dolly!" was a No. 1 hit in the United States for Louis Armstrong, knocking The Beatles out of the No. 1 spot on music charts in 1964 after the Fab Four had held a 14-week run at the top.
"Hello, Dolly!" won Herman a Grammy Award in 1964 for Song of the Year. He won a second Grammy in 1966 for Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album, "Mame."