1933 –He was born on the 10th day of July this year as Gerald Herman in New York City.
1950 – At the age of seventeen, he was introduced to Frank Loesser who, after hearing material he had written, urged him to continue composing. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he produced the off-Broadway revue I Feel Wonderful, which was comprised of material he had written at the University of Miami.
1958 – He eventually collected enough original material to put together a revue called Nightcap.
1960 – He made his Broadway debut with the revue From A to Z, which featured contributions from newcomers Woody Allen and Fred Ebb as well.
1961 – He had his first full-fledged Broadway musical, Milk and Honey (starring Molly Picon), this year. It received respectable reviews and ran for 543 performances.
1962 – He was first nominated in Tony Award for Best Composer for his composition “Milk and Honey.”
1964 – The producer David Merrick united Herman with Carol Channing for a project that was to become one of his most successful, Hello, Dolly!. He won 1964 Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist.
1966 – His next musical was the smash hit Mame starring Angela Lansbury, which introduced a string of Herman standards, most notably the ballad "If He Walked Into My Life".
1983 – He had his third mega-hit with La Cage aux Folles starring George Hearn and Gene Barry, which broke box-office records at the Palace Theatre.
1985 – His work has been the subject of two popular musical revues, Jerry's Girls (Broadway this year).
2003 – He made an off-broadway “Show Tune” this year.
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