The stars gather for the finale. 'The Best of Times,' at the Jerry Herman tribute. (Photo: Jeremy Gerard)
“Kid, the show is yours.” The words were recalled, not sung at Monday afternoon’s tribute to the late Jerry Herman. And while they may lack the urgent iambic promise of “You charm the husk right off of the corn,” they were once spoken by the producer David Merrick and they would make the young composer-lyricist a star. Alice Borden, who described that long-ago meeting with Merrick, was not the best-known participant in the concert. But as Herman’s friend, muse and confidant of more than seven decades, she had the goods in a program long on brassy anthems and torchy ballads,…

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