January 6, 2019 at 6:13 pm #1202721834
Very sad (and shocked) to hear about the passing of actor Derek Keeling!
I remember him from when he was a contestant on the 2007 Grease reality show. While he did not win the competition, he did go on to take over for Max Crumm as Danny Zuko in the most recent Broadway revival. I also had the great pleasure of seeing Derek on stage as Johnny Cash in the first national tour of Million Dollar Quartet.January 8, 2019 at 9:24 pm #1202726793
Actor William Morgan Sheppard passed away. https://deadline.com/2019/01/william-morgan-sheppard-dies-star-trek-actor-1202531214/January 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm #1202729366
Actress Verna Bloom passed away. While she was best known for her roles in films like Animal House, she did appear on Broadway in the productions of Marat Sade and Brighton Beach Memoirs.
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/verna-bloom-dead-dies-animal-house-1203104909/January 10, 2019 at 5:52 pm #1202729448
Actress Mary Kay Stearns passed away back in November, but her death hasn’t been reported until now. She appeared on Broadway in the 1940s in the plays Dear Ruth and Strange Bedfellows. https://deadline.com/2019/01/mary-kay-stearns-dead-mary-kay-and-johnny-sitcom-1202532762/January 15, 2019 at 3:56 am #1202734821
Broadway legend Carol Channing has died just days before turning 98.
After having made her Broadway debut as an understudy for Eve Arden in Let’s Face It at the age 20, Carol Channing went on to have more prominent roles in Proof Thro’ the Night and Lend an Ear before gaining more recognition when she originated the role of Lorelei Lee in the original production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It was only 14 years later that Channing came to national prominence when she originated the titular role of meddling matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!. That role not only earned Channing her only competitive Tony Award, but she also went on to play it again on stage for many years.
January 15, 2019 at 6:18 am #1202734909
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I saw her in her iconic role on tour in 1994. She was truly one of a kind.January 23, 2019 at 3:12 pm #1202745956
Actor Merwin Goldmsith passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/merwin-goldsmith-dead-broadway-veteran-law-order-actor-was-81-1178558January 23, 2019 at 7:46 pm #1202746274
Casting director Andrew Zerman passed away. http://www.playbill.com/article/andrew-zerman-former-broadway-casting-director-passes-awayJanuary 25, 2019 at 3:31 am #1202747829
James Frawley, who acted on Broadway in productions like Becket, Arturo Ui and Anyone Can Whistle before going on to become a successful television and film director, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-frawley-dead-monkees-muppet-movie-director-was-82-1178797
January 26, 2019 at 8:47 am #1202749278
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Tony-nominated composer/orchestrator Michel Legrand passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michel-legrand-dead-three-time-oscar-winning-composer-was-86-1179481January 28, 2019 at 5:42 pm #1202753378
Acting teacher William Esper passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/william-esper-dead-eminent-acting-teacher-was-86-1180290
January 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm #1202753587
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He was also the father of actor Michael Esper, who has been seen on Broadway in A Man for All Seasons (2008), American Idiot, The Lyons, and The Last Ship.January 30, 2019 at 7:14 pm #1202756050
Actor Dick Miller passed away. https://variety.com/2019/film/news/dick-miller-dead-dies-gremlins-terminator-1203124265/February 5, 2019 at 8:43 am #1202762222
Writer C.Y. Lee, whose novel Flower Drum Song was adapted as both a stage and screen musical, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cy-lee-dead-flower-drum-song-author-was-102-1182735
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