Jack Dabdoub

Performer
Jack Dabdoub

Male

Born: February 5, 1925
New Orleans, Louisiana

Died: December 11, 2014

Obituary: Jack Dabdoub, an actor who performed in more than a dozen Broadway shows, including the original production of Man of La Mancha, died Dec. 11, according to his daughter, Alison Dabdoub.

Mr. Dabdoub was a busy actor on Broadway in the 1950s and '60s. He made his debut in Paint Your Wagon and went on to take ensemble roles in My Darlin' Aida, Happy Hunting, Camelot and Baker Street.

In Man of La Mancha, he was an alternate in the lead role of Don Quixote, playing it on matinees, and eventually came to assume the part. When the musical returned to Broadway in 1972, he played the Innkeeper.

He was a standby for Frank Butler in the 1966 revival of Annie Get Your Gun, and had roles in the 1980 revival of Brigadoon, the 1987 revival of Anything Goes, the 1992 mounting of The Most Happy Fella and the 1994 rendition of Show Boat, his final Broadway credit.

Equipped with a powerful voice, he also performed many musicals roles in summer stock, and occasionally sang opera.

His long resume also included one infamous credit, the comedy Moose Murders, which opened and closed one fateful night in 1983 and has lived on in Broadway lore ever since. Mr. Dabdoub played Joe Buffalo Dance.

A New Orleans native of Syrian ancestry (hence his interesting moniker, which often caught the eye of curious critics), Mr. Dabdoub attended Tulane University. He worked steadily from an early age, but infrequently grabbed headlines. One exception occurred in 1954, when the New York Times covered his performance as the Genie in Arabian Nights in Jones Beach Marine Theatre. The reason: he performed atop a 75-foot tower that faced a lagoon—a job dangerous enough to warrant the constant presence of a stagehand who held tight to a harness the actor wore.

According to the article, Mr. Dabdoub was less bothered by the height than by the cold. "Later in the season he plans to have a nightly supply of hot coffee on hand," wrote the Times.

Married to Rosemary Lynch on Nov. 27, 1959, he had three children: Jack III, Patrick and Alison.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Show Boat Show Boat
Oct. 2, 1994 - Jan. 5, 1997
Vallon Performer
(Original)
 
    The Show Boat Ensemble Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Most Happy Fella The Most Happy Fella
Feb. 13, 1992 - Aug. 30, 1992
Tony Standby
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Anything Goes Anything Goes
Oct. 19, 1987 - Sep. 3, 1989
Performer
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - Moose Murders Moose Murders
Feb. 22, 1983 - Feb. 22, 1983
Joe Buffalo Dance Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Brigadoon Brigadoon
Oct. 16, 1980 - Feb. 8, 1981
Andrew MacLaren Performer
(Original)
 
    Mr. Lundie Standby
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Man of La Mancha Man of La Mancha
Jun. 22, 1972 - Oct. 21, 1972
The Innkeeper Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Coco Coco
Dec. 18, 1969 - Oct. 3, 1970
Grand Duke's Voice Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Her First Roman Her First Roman
Oct. 20, 1968 - Nov. 2, 1968
Roman Centurion Performer
(Original)
 
    Rufio Understudy
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Annie Get Your Gun Annie Get Your Gun
Sep. 21, 1966 - Nov. 26, 1966
Frank Butler Standby
(Original)
 
    Major Gordon Lillie (Pawnee Bill) Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Anya Anya
Nov. 29, 1965 - Dec. 11, 1965
Chernov Understudy
(Original)
 
    Petrovin Understudy
(Original)
 
    Sergei Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Man of La Mancha Man of La Mancha
Nov. 22, 1965 - Jun. 26, 1971
Don Quixote (Cervantes) [Alternate, Matinees] Performer
(Replacement)
 
    Don Quixote (Cervantes) Understudy
(Replacement)
 
    Don Quixote (Cervantes) [Alternate, Wednesday and Saturday Matinees] Performer
(Replacement)
 
    The Innkeeper Understudy
(Replacement)
 
    Don Quixote (Cervantes) [Alternate]
Arrived on Oct. 20, 1969
Performer
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - Baker Street Baker Street
Feb. 16, 1965 - Nov. 14, 1965
Professor Moriarty Understudy
(Original)
 
    Ensemble Performer
(Original)
 
    Assistant Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Hot Spot Hot Spot
Apr. 19, 1963 - May 25, 1963
Minister of State Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Camelot Camelot
Dec. 3, 1960 - Jan. 5, 1963
Singer Performer
(Original)
 
    Sir Gwilliam Performer
(Original)
 
    Sir Lionel Performer
(Replacement)
 
    Merlyn Understudy
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - Happy Hunting Happy Hunting
Dec. 6, 1956 - Nov. 30, 1957
Singer Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - My Darlin' Aida My Darlin' Aida
Oct. 27, 1952 - Jan. 10, 1953
Singer Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Paint Your Wagon Paint Your Wagon
Nov. 12, 1951 - Jul. 19, 1952
Singer Performer
(Original)
 
    Jacob Woodling Understudy
(Original)
 
 

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