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IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Cook

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Roundabout

 

Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams in Sondheim on Sondheim presented by Roundabout Theatre Comapany. Photo by Richard Termine.

Roundabout Theatre Company mourns the passing of Broadway icon Barbara Cook, who left us today at the age of 89. Barbara’s legendary soprano changed the landscape of Broadway, creating iconic roles like Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Cunegonde in Candide and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. Barbara’s career spanned decades, sharing her vocal gifts with multiple generations, all the way through her retirement in May of this year. We were honored that, after 23 years away, Barbara made her return to Broadway in Roundabout’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim in 2010, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Her performance in the show was so special to all of us, as was her unforgettable appearance at Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Gala, and we will cherish these times of learning from a true legend. Barbara will be missed by her family here at Roundabout, as well as the entire theatrical community. We send our deepest sympathies to all who loved her.


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In Memoriam: Elliot Martin

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by Roundabout

 

Roundabout Theatre Company mourns the loss of legendary theatre producer Elliot Martin, who passed away on May 21. Mr. Martin brought some of New York's and London's most iconic productions to the stage, including the 1974 Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten and the original Broadway production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. He helped to transfer Roundabout's very first musical, a revival of She Loves Me, to an extended Broadway run, and on to the West End. Known for taking risks on undiscovered talent that other producers would reject, Mr. Martin built a long list of credits that includes original productions and revivals of work by August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, Beth Henley, Lanford Wilson, and Tom Stoppard, among many others. We are so proud that Mr. Martin's grandson, Martin Giannini, is part of our Roundabout family today, and we send our sympathies to all who knew and loved his grandfather.


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In Memoriam: Edwin (Ed) Sherin

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Roundabout

 

The Roundabout family mourns the loss of Ed Sherin, the Tony-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director of stage and screen, who died last week at the age of 87. Ed joined Roundabout’s family of artists when he directed our 1992 production of The Visit, starring his wife, Jane Alexander. This revival appeared during the pivotal 1991-1992 season—Roundabout’s first year on Broadway at the Criterion Center in Times Square. Due in large part to Ed’s extraordinary work, The Visit won the 1992 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, and was nominated for 2 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Play and Best Actress in a Play (Jane Alexander).

The Visit, 1992. At left: Jane Alexander as Claire Zachanassian. Photo credit: Martha Swope.

Born on January 15, 1930, in Harrisburg, PA, Ed served in the Korean War before embarking on a career as an actor and director. He performed in a handful of productions on Broadway, including Measure for Measure and Peer Gynt. In 1968, Ed made his Broadway directorial debut with The Great White Hope and won the Drama Desk Award for Best Direction of a Play. He went on to direct several other Broadway shows, eventually earning a Tony nomination in 1974 for Find Your Way Home. Later in his career, he became a prolific TV director and executive producer—perhaps most famously for the NBC hit-drama Law and Order.

Photo featured in a scrapbook Jane Alexander created during rehearsals of The Visit. Sherin seated at forefront.

You will be missed by all of us in the theatre, Ed. Our love and thoughts are with Jane and your family.


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