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Words and Music by Jerry Herman
Words and Music by Jerry Herman
Actors: Michael Feinstein, Carol Channing, Barry Brown, George Hearn, Angela Lansbury
Director: Amber Edwards
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 30min

WORDS AND MUSIC is the story of one of Broadway's iconic figures: the composer/lyricist of Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles. Jerry Herman and an all-star cast, from Carol Channing to Angela Lansbury to Michael Fe...  more »


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Actors: Michael Feinstein, Carol Channing, Barry Brown, George Hearn, Angela Lansbury
Director: Amber Edwards
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Art & Artists, Educational, Musicals, Biography, History
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

He is what he is
Richard LeComte | Tuscaloosa, AL | 01/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've admired Jerry Herman ever since I became interested in musicals in the early 1970s. In fact, my parents and I saw "Mack & Mabel" in previews back in 1974, and later on I went standing room to see "La Cage Aux Folles" in 1984. His score for "Mame" was one of my mother's favorites, and it's easy to sing five or 10 of his songs from memory, because they stick in your head. These are not "simple show tunes," either -- many of them have complicated lyric structures, rhythms and melodies that make them interesting to listen to again and again. I even am something of a fan of "Dear World" and "The Grand Tour," even though those shows were flops, and the scores aren't as consistent as in Herman's hits.

The documentary is poignent both because it looks at Herman's triumphs and failures (and goes into the complicated history of "Hello, Dolly!" on the road and because Herman today still seems to love what he does. The commentary from Charles Nelson Reilly and Arthur Laurents is especially entertaining; Reilly offers great early anecdotes about Herman's career, and Laurents' commentaries on Herman's musicals are on target. "Dolly" and "Mame" are fantasy shows, and it's obvious that Herman believed everything he wrote. Plus, the archival footage is wonderful, from the photos of Herman as a youth to the film clips of musical numbers from long-ago productions, particularly "Parade," "Mame" and "Mack & Mabel."

This is an especially well-done documentary, containing many delights for theater buffs. And Herman's continued enthusiasm, shown has he coaches young performers, reminds you of why you love theater in the first place."
Wonderful DVD
B. W. Simpson | Sidmouth, Devon United Kingdom | 03/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To anyone who is a fan of Jerry Herman's music,this wonderful DVD contains just about everything you could wish to know. Well-considered comment without any of the usual awful showbiz "gushiness" that often accompanies such biographies,this film also contains archive footage from some of the original Broadway productions,which if only for that reason alone,makes it a little treasure. Highly recommended."
Nice docummentary, with great archive footage
Carles M. Masip Montero | Barcelona, Spain | 04/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Jerry Herman is a musical theatrical genius in the most classical way, and it's obvious in this docummentary that he's also a great person, with interesting things to say, but about the theatre world as of his personal life!
Plus, the chane to see footage from Hello, Dolly, Mame, Grand Tour, La Cage, Mack & Mabel... who could ask for anything more? Well, maybe some more full numbers as extra features..."
R. C. Lemos | San Francisco, CA | 08/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There has never been a documentary on a behind-the-scenes person in show business, that is as perfect as this one. It covers EVERY aspect of Herman's marvelously productive career.....from early off Broadway shows (PARADE) to the Broadway hits (DOLLY, MAME, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES) to the Broadway failures (DEAR WORLD, GRAND TOUR, MACK & MABEL) to him today (when this documentary was made). An exceptional exceptional exceptional production. One not to be missed, and to be seen again and again."