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Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
October 9, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh CLO Host Musical Theater Legend Jerry Herman

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh CLO are proud to host the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation's Jerry Herman Legacy Series Oct. 16 - 18, in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus. This three-day event includes an array of panel discussions and master classes and concludes with "Hello, Jerry!," a unique concert starring some of Broadway's talents and featuring a rare performance by composer and lyricist Jerry Herman.

The Jerry Herman Legacy Series is one of the ASCAP Foundation's many talent development programs. It was designed to bring the American musical theater heritage to students across the country and provide aid and encouragement to music creators who are in various stages of their careers. ASCAP is an association of more than 145,000 individuals including songwriters, lyricists and music publishers who create music that enriches and inspires the world.

The Jerry Herman Legacy Series is named for and funded by Jerry Herman, who is best known for writing the music and lyrics for several musicals including the Broadway blockbusters "Hello, Dolly!," "Mame" and "La Cage aux Folles." These events are held three times a year in three different cities.

Elizabeth Bradley, head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, said, "The School of Drama is very much looking forward to welcoming Jerry Herman and his talented company. This experience puts our musical theater students in touch with the history of the American musical theater in a way that contributes not only to the present, but also to the future through Jerry Herman's generous scholarship program."

Pittsburgh's three-day program will feature a seminar on auditioning for musical theater and master classes in musical theater performance. Musical theater students from Carnegie Mellon will participate in these workshops, perfecting their performance and writing skills with the guidance of seasoned professionals including Musical Director Donald Pippin, Jason Graae ("Ragtime"), Karen Morrow ("Show Boat") and Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle in the Disney film "Beauty and the Beast." The ASCAP Foundation will present three of these master class students with $1,000 Jerry Herman Legacy Series scholarships to continue their musical theater education.

"Pittsburgh CLO, Carnegie Mellon, the ASCAP Foundation and Jerry Herman believe that the future of musical theater lies in the desire and talent of young enthusiastic performers," said Van Kaplan, CLO executive producer. "Nurturing their artistic interests with projects like the Jerry Herman Legacy Series will keep the lights of Broadway bright for years to come."

The program will conclude with a concert at the Philip Chosky Theatre on the Carnegie Mellon campus on Oct. 18. Herman, Pippin and Broadway veterans Graae, Morrow and O'Hara will perform in "Hello, Jerry!," a musical retrospective of Herman's career. For more information on attending the concert and post-performance reception with Herman, contact Cheryl Young at 412-281-3973. Tickets are available from $60 - $100. Proceeds will benefit the CLO/Carnegie Mellon New Works Project.

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama is the nation's oldest degree-granting theater program and is one of five schools within the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. For more information on the College of Fine Arts or the School of Drama, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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