Miss Spectacular

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Miss Spectacular
Studio Recording
Music Jerry Herman
Lyrics Jerry Herman
Productions Unproduced

Miss Spectacular is an unproduced musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and additional lyrics by Steve Lawrence and Michael Feinstein. Steve Wynn had asked Herman to write a musical that would be presented at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, possibly in 2000.[1] Wynn planned to install the musical in its theater for a long-term engagement, but when the property was sold to MGM the new owners had no interest in the project.[2]

In 2003, there were new plans for staging the musical in Las Vegas with Tommy Tune directing and the search for the leading lady done with a television talent show. There has been no further word on this project.[3]

Its plot focuses on a girl from the Midwest who heads to Las Vegas in search of fame and fortune as a chorus girl.

Undaunted by the collapse of the arrangement, Herman gathered together a cast of Broadway performers, including Lawrence, Feinstein, Faith Prince, Christine Baranski, Debbie Gravitte, and Karen Morrow, and a full orchestra to record a concept album that was released on the DRG label in 2002. His score is reminiscent of such early work as Hello, Dolly! and Mame, resplendent with old-fashioned, hummable tunes.[4]

Song list[edit]

  • "Overture"
  • "Miss What's Her Name "
  • "Las Vegas"
  • "Ziegfeld Girl"
  • "Sarah Jane"
  • "Ziegfeld Girl (Reprise)"
  • "Where in the World is My Prince?"
  • "No Other Music"
  • "I Wanna Live Each Night"
  • "Miss Spectacular"
  • "My Great Dream"



  1. ^ [1] "Las Vegas Life", "Mr. Spectacular", January 2000
  2. ^ Las Vegas Sun, Jerry Fink, October 18, 2006
  3. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/77481.html playbill.com article, 1/23/03
  4. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/71124.html playbill.com review of recording, 7/28/02
  5. ^ Jerry Herman: Poet of the Showtune (2004), Steve Citron, p. 298, Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-10082-5

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