© 2012-2017 Jean Browne
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MUSIC ADVISOR &
MUSIC, PHOTO, & DOCUMENT RESTORATION
Herschel Bernardi, Actor
For Jeanie—The way I look in this picture is the
opposite of how I feel about you— Love, Herschel
The first time Jean conducted was at the Dallas Summer Musicals for a performance of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Herschel Bernardi.
Jean was told by producer Tom Hughes that the conductor had a personal emergency and that Jean, who was currently the dance pianist, needed to conduct the Saturday matinee in 3 days since she was the only person who knew the show.
She agreed to do it even though she would have no rehearsal with the orchestra and had to buy a baton since she had never conducted before.
After the performance was over, it turned out the conductor was there all along. It turned out to be a test as they wanted to hire her as Associate Conductor to Jack Lee when it returned to the musicals the next season.
She ended up working with Jack Lee for 15 productions, including the Broadway show Peter Pan, starring Sandy Duncan.
She also worked with Herschel during a tour of Fiddler on the Roof and a production of Man of La Mancha.
He called her his "conductorette."
On Tour with Fiddler on the Roof