Category Archives: People

In Memoriam

I haven’t kept up with this blog for a while, but I couldn’t ignore the passing of one of the American theater’s legendary performers: Barbara Cook. She made her Broadway debut in 1951 and was an important part of musical … Continue reading

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Wicked Joins Smithsonian Collection

During “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” a special ceremony on Dec. 17, the award-winning musical Wicked joined Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Cats, The Lion King, and Rent in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Leading Ladies

Within the past month we have lost the two leading ladies from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical Oklahoma! This Monday, Joan Roberts, who originated the role of Laurey, died in Stamford, Conn., at age 95. She made her Broadway debut … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Mark O’Donnell

Yesterday, musical theater lost another unique voice. On Monday, librettist Mark O’Donnell died after collapsing in the lobby of his New York apartment. With co-writer Tom Meehan, O’Donnell crafted the books for musical adaptations of two John Waters films. The first, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Marvin Hamlisch

On Monday, composer Marvin Hamlisch died in Los Angeles, after a brief illness. A “singular sensation” himself, Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys (including one as Best New Artist), one Tony, plus the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (The … Continue reading

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Bob Fosse Stamp

On July 28, National Dance Day, the U.S. Postal Service honored “four influential choreographers who changed the art of dance,” including Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham and Broadway legend Bob Fosse, who the USPS noted “received one Oscar, three … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Richard Adler

Composer Richard Adler, co-creator of the classic musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, died last night at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 90 and among the last of Broadway’s Golden Age writers. When I created The Dramatist … Continue reading

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Broadway Trifecta

When Leap of Faith opened on April 26, composer Alan Menken joined the select group of writers that have had three original musicals running simultaneously on the Great White Way. Menken’s other two current shows are Newsies and Sister Act. … Continue reading

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