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When you're a Jet

You're a Jet all the way,

From your first cigarette,

To your last dyin' day.

 

Stephen Sondheim was a genius of the theatre. RIP.

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His death was as unexpected as getting to 91 to begin with, at least to me. RIP

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Had an inkling that he might be someone we'd lose suddenly/without much warning (or at least as suddenly as it can be when you get up to his age) but I still thought he might have had a couple of years left.
 

Really saddened by this, an absolute titan and master of his craft. 

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It’s a surprise the frail Glynis Johns, who Send in the Clowns was written for, has outlived him. 

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I've been suggesting Sondheim to go on the list for at least two years now. Ah well.

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Reportedly had thanksgiving dinner the day before with friends.

 

Must’ve been sudden. RIP.

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1 hour ago, Ulitzer95 said:

Reportedly had thanksgiving dinner the day before with friends.

 

Must’ve been sudden. RIP.

 

Definitely doesn't seem like the timing was expected at all. Adding to that, he did an interview with the NYT just this past Sunday that's now been published. He was even asked about his health at one point:

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He was having a little trouble getting around — using a cane, seeking assistance to get in and out of chairs, and in obvious pain when walking — which he attributed to an injury. Asked about the state of his health, he answered by knocking on a wood table and saying, “Outside of my sprained ankle, OK.”

 

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I have never been a fan of musicals but Stephen Sondheims songs were masterpieces.A sad loss.91 is a good age and at least he was alert and semi mobile until the very end it seems.

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Barbara Maier Gustern, a Broadway vocal coach who had once coached rock singer Debbie Harry and the cast of the 2019 Broadway revival of the musical “Oklahoma!, has died. She was 87. Gustern was the victim of an unprovoked attack in the New York City subway system. She sustain head injuries from which she's now succumbed.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/16/us/new-york-city-broadway-vocalist-dead/index.html

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16 minutes ago, alt obits guy said:

Rae Allen, a 1971 Tony Award winner for Damn Yankees who also had a long career in television and movies, has died. She was 95.

 

https://deadline.com/2022/04/rae-allen-dead-actress-tony-damn-yankees-sopranos-1234995997/

 

Yet another LOTMer from Spade's Soprano team from last year.

 

Spade, next time you have a theme team idea, you might want to hold onto it for a year...

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Lee Lawson, described as a Broadway legend in one article, and as a TV actress on Guiding Light in the probably less informed Daily Mail article, has died of both COVID and cancer at 80:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10854617/Lee-Lawson-played-Bea-Reardon-Guiding-Light-nearly-10-years-passes-away-age-80.html

https://www.thetealmango.com/news/broadway-legend-lee-lawson-dies-at-80-fought-both-cancer-and-covid-19-like-a-champ/

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Shauneille Perry (Wiki), American stage director, playwright who became the first African-American woman to direct off-Broadway dead at 92

 

Shauneille Perry Cause of death, net worth, husband, children, age 

 

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James Rado, co-author of  Hair, dead aged 90.

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James Rado, Grammy award winning co-creator of the musical Hair, reportedly dead aged 90: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/jun/22/james-rado-broadway-hair-dies

 

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0705735/

IBDB: https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/james-rado-6628

 

@time  ninja'ed me, just because I checked whether he was a DDP pick either previously or now. He never seems to have been picked.

 

Ah well.

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IDMB Broadway World

Jennifer Butt, who played Madame Thénardier in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables, has died aged 65

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This obit wins the award for most words between the deceased’s name and the announcement ‘has died’ in a single sentence.
 

Bob LuPone, who as an actor earned a Tony Award nomination in the original run of “A Chorus Line” and played Tony Soprano’s family physician, and also helped found and lead the influential off-Broadway theater company MCC Theater for almost 40 years, has died. He was 76.

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9 hours ago, Sir Creep said:

This obit wins the award for most words between the deceased’s name and the announcement ‘has died’ in a single sentence.
 

Bob LuPone, who as an actor earned a Tony Award nomination in the original run of “A Chorus Line” and played Tony Soprano’s family physician, and also helped found and lead the influential off-Broadway theater company MCC Theater for almost 40 years, has died. He was 76.

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Makes a nice change from "sadlypassedaway".

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American actress Rita Gardner (Wikidead at 87

She played the original Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS

 

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