Rebecca Lucar, Tony-Nominated Broadway Star of Mary Poppins and The Music Man, Dies at 59

Soprano Rebecca Lucar, a three-time Tony-nominated actor who starred in some of the biggest Broadway hits of the past three decades, died on Wednesday. She was 59 years old. Her death was announced by her husband, veteran Broadway actor Danny Bernstein, who said in a statement, “Our family is devastated. Friday actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister passes away at age 62, cause of death unknown

I have no words at this time because I am stunned. “Looker went public in 2020, stating that she had Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS or amiotrophic lateral sclerosis. Looker was Tony’s nominee for Best Actress, playing the role of Magnolia in” Showboat “in 1995, in 2000 Best actress starring Marian in “The Music Man” opposite Craig Birko and as Best Actress in Mary as Winifred Banks in 2007. Poppins. “The trend flooded on social media, including Laura Benanti Such as include Broadway stars who called Lucar “polite, loving and kind” with a “golden voice” that will wrap you up in peace. Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk died at 59, COVID-19 due to complications

Seth Rudetsky said it was “a huge loss for Broadway and the world.” Kristin Chenoweth tweeted that Looker was “the main reason I wanted to be a soprano” and Bernadette Peters called her one of the most beautiful voices on Broadway and a beloved person. Looker was known to accompany the show for an extended run. “Yes, I have been a queen for a long time,” she told the Connecticut Post in 2011. I don’t know if I’m lucky or if it’s a curse. But this is just for me and how it happened. Mostly good thing. “

In 2013 she appeared in an off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion”. In addition to several stage credits, Looker appeared on TV in “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Good Wife” and in the 2012 film “Not Fed Away”. His other off-Broadway credits include “Death Take a Holiday,” “Indian Blood” and “Vagina Monologues”. Broadway star Stephanie J. Block called Lucar a “fairy-faced and fairy-spirited” and Lachen took to Twitter to call Looker’s death “a huge loss for American theater.”

Tony-winner Michael Severis said: “There was no more polite, more unexpectedly funny or more brilliant when he sang.” Lucar and her husband starred in an episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, in which they played the parents of a transgender youngster who was killed in an accident after being bullied. Looker was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated in music from the University of Montevalo, where he was later awarded an honorary doctorate.

Looker made her Broadway debut in 1988 in “The Phantom of the Opera”, which was previously an understudy for Sarah Brightman and then starring Christine opposite the legendary Michael Crawford. “I’ll never forget it. It was an out-of-body experience. He was so kind, though, and I’ll never forget it,” he told Playbill in 2016. “The Sound of Music” and “The Secret She had Broadway roles as the original Lily in “Garden”. She was a replacement for “Nine” opposite Antonio Bundares in 2003, “Fun Home” in 2016 and “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” in 2013-14.

Her albums include “Greenwich Time,” “Leaving Home,” “Anything Goes: Rebecca Looker Sings Cole Porter” and “I Got Love: The Songs of Jerome Curney”, which includes 14 classics, including “Bill / Can’t Help” That Man “My Husband’s First Wife” He also paid tribute to the famous Barbara Cook at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2011. Her final stage role is the narrow-minded wife of a small-town minister in the 2019 Kennedy Center production of “Footloose” Her previous performance was in June’s Zoom Benefit Performance, “At Home with Rebecca Looker”. In addition to her husband, Looker survives two stepsons, Alex and Zach. (AP)

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