1931 - 2019
Gerald Sheldon Herman was an American composer and lyricist, known for his work in Broadway musical theater. One of the most commercially successful Broadway songwriters of his time, Herman was the composer and lyricist for a number of hit musicals. His shows include Hello, Dolly! (1964), at one time the longest-running musical in Broadway history, which also produced the hit title song for Louis Armstrong; Mame (1966), a vehicle for Angela Lansbury; and La Cage aux Folles (1984). In 2009, Herman received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. He was a recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.