Richard Sherman’s classic songs will be heard all summer long at the Goodman as The Jungle Book opens runs through August 11. But this past Saturday guests at our special event—Breakfast with Richard Sherman—were treated to an exclusive performance from the man himself. Joined by Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones, Sherman recounted his early days as a songwriter, the influence of his father, his lifelong collaboration with his brother (Robert B. Sherman), working with Walt Disney, and, of course, the stories behind many of the musical masterpieces we know and love today. Along the way, he delighted with renditions of his most well-known melodies, from Mary Poppins classics like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” to Jungle Book favorites like “I Wanna Be Like You.” Mr. Sherman also played some of the famous songs he wrote for the Disneyland amusement park, including the theme from The Enchanted Tiki Room, “The Carousel of Progress” and the infectious worldwide hit, “It’s a Small World (After All).” The charm of Richard Sherman’s songs was exceeded only by the charm of Sherman himself, whose warmth and exuberant personality enchanted the crowd and gave them the show of a lifetime.
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