Full Of Shine And Full Of Sparkle: Top Ten Jerry Herman Songs

By Ben Rimalower
07 Dec 2013

7. "Bosom Buddies" from Mame

"Bosom Buddies" is the ultimate friendship duet. Cole Porter's "Friendship" (from Anything Goes) is up there too, but that song needed Lucy and Ethel one-upping each other on "I Love Lucy" to add a layer of comedy that was built right into "Bosom Buddies." It's the perfect musical realization of the frenemy-ship between Mame and Vera, and it works just as well to sum up innumerable other relationships we all have and witness. What makes it so appealing is that beneath the b*tchiness is a jaunty music-hall foxtrot evincing warmth and camaraderie as the two performers work together to stop the show.

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