The American Songbook Project honored composer Jerry Herman at their annual costume gala NAME THAT TUNE, on November 4, 2011 at the historic Hudson Theater. East Hampton’s Guild Hall was honored as well for 80 years of presenting the American Songbook and fostering its artists.
Photography: Barry Gordin
Legendary journalist Liz Smith paid tribute to Jerry Herman with a warm and witty speech, which emphasized his greatness as a songwriter and his uniqueness as a beloved human. Smith emotionally stated “ Plus Jerry is a really nice, lovable guy whose music created the stars with whom we have lived in the 20th-21st centuries.” Broadway’s original “Annie” Andrea McArdle accepted the award on his behalf and sang Herman’s “If He Walked Into My Life.”
On behalf of Guild Hall Dr. Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director, Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director, and James Lawson, Associate Artistic Director accepted the award from host Lynn DiMenna. A deeply honored Ruth Appelhof spoke and promised to continue their dedicated support of The American Songbook.
Dan Grassi was the costume winner for his simplistic, yet clever idea for the song “Cabaret,” taking top prize of a trip to Monaco. Other performers at the marvelous dinner chocked filled with entertainment included Broadway stars Meredith Patterson and Jeffrey Denman along with renowned concert artists Anna Bergman and Mark Nadler.
By Patrick Christiano