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Visiting with two Broadway legends: Robert Morse and Jerry Herman

May 26, 2010 | 10:03 am

Robtmorse Jerryherman Robert Morse shot to fame a half century ago as an ambitious junior executive in Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Today, the two-time Tony winner has found a whole new audience as an eccentric senior executive on AMC's "Mad Men."

Jerry Herman, the composer of "Hello, Dolly!" and other hits, created the score for "La Cage aux Folles" as a labor of love in the '80s. Today, he's savoring what he calls the "beautiful surprise" of seeing the show flourish not once but twice on Broadway, where the original won six Tonys and the current revival is up for 11 more in June. (Herman picked up a special Tony for lifetime achievement last year.)

Recently, our colleague Susan King visited with Morse and Herman, both now in their late 70s, and talked with the two stage legends about old memories, new beginnings and more of  life's "beautiful surprises."

Classic Hollywood: The Brotherhood of Morse

Jerry Herman tastes success anew with 'La Cage aux Folles'

— Karen Wada

Left photo: Robert Morse. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times

Right photo: Jerry Herman. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times