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Jerry's Girls

From 65 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Refreshing, Disappointing

About the show

The York Theatre Company presents this all-female tribute to Jerry Herman, featuring the songwriter's iconic showstoppers for Broadway actresses. More…

Originally seen on Broadway in the '80s, 'Jerry’s Girls' brings the larger-than-life women of Herman's shows center stage: matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi of 'Hello, Dolly!,' bon vivant Auntie Mame Dennis of 'Mame,' the benignly eccentric Countess Aurelia of 'Dear World,' screen legend Mabel Normand of 'Mack and Mabel,' and female impersonator Zaza of 'La Cage Aux Folles.' The revue affectionately celebrates his special gift for writing musical theater songs for women. A winner of Tony, Grammy, Olivier, and Drama Desk Awards, Jerry Herman is a master tunesmith. Part of the York's 'Musicals in Mufti' series spotlighting classic, underappreciated Broadway musicals. 'Mufti' means 'in everyday clothes, without all the trappings of a large production.' Each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging.


Member Reviews (65)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Refreshing, Disappointing
76
Avg Score

75
Strong singing, Entertaining no-frills revue, Mix of funny/poignant songs, Fluffy

See it if you love Herman's oeuvre. Strong singing. Umoh is superb. No unifying theme to song choice or order. Scattered revue, but still enjoyable.

Don't see it if you like dialogue; JG is just songs, songs, songs. How about JH's bio? Needs more projections, more related to songs. Hard-working pianist!

73
Entertaining, Ambitious, Pitch challenged, Great music, Trip down memory lane

See it if You want a fun trip down memory lane w/Jerry Herman's songs/shows. 3 sing ok but struggle when singing together. Easily overlooked. Sweet.

Don't see it if You want any kind of story. This is a revue and barely that. More like an homage to a brilliant man and his music. Enjoyable though flawed.

30
Boring, Uninspired, Lifeless

See it if you are a person who will be delighted to hear Jerry Herman songs in any incarnation.

Don't see it if you like to see productions that have reason to exist. There's nothing BAD about this but there's nothing GOOD either. It just sort of is.

78
Entertaining, Enchanting, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you're a Jerry Herman fan, miss the ballads & show-stoppers of traditional musicals, enjoy 3 fab singers put their all into song and lyrics

Don't see it if you don't like non-book revues staged as a reading with scripts, not a Jerry Herman fan, want more than 3 singers and a piano in a musical,

Also This is one of York Theatre's Musicals in Mufti stagings, so they are ... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Must see

See it if You want a recur of Jerry Herman's greatest hits sung by a trio of fantastic singers. You want light, joyful entertainment.

Don't see it if You don't like the revue format. You don't like concert-style shows. You want fancy costumes & sets.

75
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy Herman's music and who doesn't! Nicely arranged. Still in previews and mostly read from script.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Herman's music or do not like songs without plot. I hope once the cast knows their songs better they won't need to read.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy musicals! The Best of Jerry Herman.

Don't see it if You loathe musicals

69
Disappointing, Uneven performances

See it if you are a Jerry Herman fan and like concert style presentations. There are 3 singers & a very good pianist.

Don't see it if you want an inspired version. The 3 singers were of varying quality. Umoh quite good.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to hear 3 terrific singers and an extraordinary pianist perform the best of Jerry Herman.

Don't see it if you are looking for a book musical with production values. This is Musicals in MUFTI with books in hand.

79
Entertaining, Refreshing, A rare treat

See it if You can't get enough of Herman's magic). Imagine all the cream skimmed off the top of all the cakes in the bakery served to you on a plate.

Don't see it if A pleasant afternoon out of the heat and into a subterranean theatre is not your thing. There is something in this show for everyone!

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Extraordinary accompanist, Nostalgic / sweet, Heart-warming

See it if you enjoy old-school musicals. Whether you saw the original or not, you will enjoy this MUFTI production, sans scenery and costume changes.

Don't see it if you expect to see a big-time epic revival. MUFTI rocks, and this staged-concert performance of an old classic is endearing & heart-warming.

Also You MUST experience Stephanie Umoh's vibrato.... Read more Read less

83
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Love Jerry Herman songs and wish to see three pros put them over.

Don't see it if Don't care for revues.

78
A fun summertime show, Custom-made for fans of golden age broadway, Great singing, Very simple staging but that's all you need, The music is the star here

See it if You are a fan of the wonderful musicals that Jerry Herman wrote. His songs are presented here with love and humor.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for an elaborate Broadway show. This is a revue, presented very simply. The music speaks for itself.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Relaxing

See it if You want to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful songs, lovely voices and a wonderful pianist. Umoh is a standout.

Don't see it if If you expect a story. This is a review celebrating the music of Herman. This is simple, small, no staging, but there's a lot of talent.

70
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you love Jerry Herman's music, you are tolerant of a concert format with no context for the songs; Jim Morgan's intros make you laugh

Don't see it if you are looking for top notch performances (good but not great singing); you want context for the songs; Lyrics and Lyricists gives more.

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you love Jerry Herman songs but don't care about anything else.

Don't see it if you are expecting a retrospective-type revue. This is the songs, some basic steps and that's it.

78
Entertaining, Pleasant, Good performances, Great piano

See it if love Jerry Herman, Eric Svejcar (terrific), or Stephanie Umoh (superb). Feel good, old fashioned musicals, with memorable music and lyrics.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged show, with sets & costumes, back up singers (could have helped on the bigger numbers), or don't like musicals.

79
Great singing

See it if like expert singing. Even though the show is a 'reading' with no scenery or costumes, it continually engages. Many oldies and goodies.

Don't see it if don't like Broadway show tunes or the music of Jerry Herman.

74
Entertaining, Great singing, Dated

See it if If you like concert style performances, or a fan of Jerry Herman. Three woman perform, uneven

Don't see it if If you are looking for a traditional musical

72
Great singing, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You like Jerry Herman musicals or like concert-style presentations is songs from musicals.

Don't see it if You need elaborate staging or intricate costumes!

75
Great singing

See it if you're a big Jerry Herman fan and want to hear some of his hits mixed with some not-as-well-known songs.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditionally-structured musical.

Also Stephanie Umoh is truly incredible.

68
Dated

See it if In the mood for a great piano player accompanied by three singers doing the music of Jerry Herman.

Don't see it if Seeing a show that feels like a cabaret review isn't for you. Not in the mood for one sung song after another with no plot just the composer

77
Great singing, Intelligent, Charming, Lively

See it if Good renditions of songs-- some familiar, others I did not know. Some sections more successful than others

Don't see it if Looking for theme or story

83
Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Jerry Herman or you love Broadway or you love singing

Don't see it if You dislike any of the above

75
Entertaining, Good singing, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if It misses a story, Herman’s songs and music is great, but it doesn’t feel it here. It appears that songs are delivered at random, without

Don't see it if you do not like musicals in muffti "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production."

Also unity. The performances are good, but not convincing.


August 12th, 2017
“Director Pamela Hunt's mounting is, by necessity, simply staged. But a knockout trio of performers, accompanied on piano by music director Eric Svejcar, keep the evening frothy and fun…Pedi masterfully handles the bulk of the comedy numbers…Displaying a vibrant belt and a showbiz spirit, D'Abruz...
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August 7th, 2017
"The appealing show, featuring a talented trio, breezily glides through Herman's musical catalogue…The numbers largely proceed without historical context or thematic linkage. As a result some songs in the parade of ballads and anthems begin to generically blur together...A modest, yet authoritati...
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August 8th, 2017
“Composer/lyricist Jerry Herman's greatest hits are back in a gorgeously sung revival of ‘Jerry's Girls’ as part of The York Theatre Company's ‘Musicals in Mufti’ series, ‘musical theatre gems in staged concert performances.’ Led by a cast of three talented song stylists, Stephanie D'Abruzzo (‘Av...
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August 7th, 2017
"Svejcar’s arrangements of Jerry Herman’s tunes astounded the theatergoers, lifted their spirits and put everyone in the happiest of summer moods...Director Hunt has successfully encouraged and allowed Christine Pedi and a pair of Stephanies–D’Abruzzo and Umoh–to do justice to Herman’s style, wit...
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