Just like Broadway songwriter Jerry Herman himself, Jason Graae is impish, pinchably cute, deeply musical, and bursting with both optimism and wry wit.
Graae just wrapped his Perfect Hermany show at the Laurie Beechman, where the theater and cabaret performer belted Jerry’s well-known diva tunes (“Before the Parade Passes By,” “I Am What I Am”) as well as the softer songs (like “Loving You” from the film of Mame) and chestnuts from the glorious flops Mack and Mabel and The Grand Tour.
Throughout the evening, he created a Graae garden of delight, with top-notch vocals interspersed with funny banter about his various encounters with Herman, “the well-known, married half-a-billionaire.”
And I basically served as co-star.
See, when Graae sang “Hello, Dolly!” he floated through the audience while putting the mic in people’s faces, making us all feel a little bit like modern day Satchmo Armstrongs.
I got to belt out one word — “Again!”
And I was amazing.
Give me the hook or the ovation — but preferably the ovation.