Theater: Leading Ladies

Actresses reign over Broadway

Jerry Herman, who built his reputation as the composer and lyricist of Hello, Dolly and Mame, argues that in the theater, "the strongest single force you could have is a larger-than-life lady on the stage." That chivalric premise is supported by two current Broadway delights, Bernadette Peters' act-long vocal solo in Song & Dance and Lily Tomlin's one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. The same nothing-like-a-dame thinking underlies Jerry's Girls, a retrospective pastiche of Herman's work, featuring Dorothy Loudon, Leslie Uggams, Chita Rivera and eight chorines, which opened on Broadway last week. It also applies...

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