Broadway composer Jerry Herman died aged 88

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman walks the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

The American Broadway musicmaker, known for many awarded super hits, including a gay anthem “I am what I am”, has died. Jane Dorian, the musician’s goddaughter, publicly confirmed his death in a statement to Associated Press. Diagnosed with HIV in 1985, he died in Miami, US, on December 26 of pulmonary complications. Choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne led tributes to the musician, describing him as “one of the all-time greats.” He had been awarded with two Tony Awards, as well as two Grammies, and also had five off-Broadway refuses, wrote musical scores for four films and inspired an uncountable number of LGBT+ people to be who they are. He also made stage history as the first composer to have three musicals run more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway: Hello, Dolly with 2,844, Mame with 1,508, and La Cage with 1,761

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