Friday, September 15, 2006

The Loss of Lovette George

The Loss of Lovette George

Last week, I was very saddened to learn of the untimely passing of a beautiful and brilliant Off-Broadway gem, Lovette George. George reportedly died of ovarian cancer at the age of 43.

In 2003, I was delighted to have the opportunity to see George in the fabulously funny, acclaimed York Theatre production of The Musical of Musicals -- The Musical. The tuner lovingly spoofs musical stylings from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show repeatedly tells one simple story five times, with each successive take told as if imagined by the aforementioned Broadway songwriting geniuses. For her absolutely wonderful portrayal of The Ingenue, George received a well-deserved Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

The photo above includes castmate Eric Rockwell, Stephen Sondheim, castmate Joanne Bogart and George.

It's always heartbreaking when a talent like Lovette George is taken from us much too early. But for those of us who were fortunate enough to see her perform, warm memories of her contributions to theatre will long be with us. May she rest in peace.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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