Klea Blackhurst: The Words and Music of Jerry Herman
April 3 - 5, 2020
Klea Blackhurst, who won wide renown for her loving tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow, now turns her long association with one of Broadway’s most esteemed composers, Jerry Herman, into a brand new solo show, One Of The Girls.
Considered one of Herman’s premier interpreters, Klea officially became one of “Jerry’s Girls” when she starred in the 50th Anniversary production of Hello, Dolly! at Goodspeed Opera House. Though they were introduced years before when Jerry heard Klea sing one of the cut Hello, Dolly! songs written for Ethel Merman (the original choice to star in the show). He immediately invited Klea to sing on a concert with the London Philharmonic at the Palladium, and she’s been singing his songs with symphony orchestras across the country ever since. One Of The Girls will focus attention on the powerful, loving, and memorable women in Jerry’s life. From real characters- like his dear mother Ruth (who taught him that you could throw a party simply because “It’s Today”) – to fictional characters, like Mame, who encouraged us to “Open A New Window”; Dolly Levi, who decided to rejoin the human race “Before The Parade Passes By”; and Zaza, who bravely declared, “I Am What I Am”: Jerry Herman has lifted wonderful women off the page and into our hearts for almost six decades, come hear one of “Jerry’s Girls” sing his praises.
Denise Cooper presents Klea Blackhurst
ONE OF THE GIRLS
The words and music of Jerry Herman
Directed by Mark Waldrop
Musical Direction by Michael Rice
Featuring The Pocket Change Trio
Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.
When Klea Blackhurst sings one of my songs, you know exactly what I wanted my music and lyrics to say. I’m one of her biggest fans.