Laurie Beechman

Performer

Female

Born: April 4, 1953
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Died: March 8, 1998
White Plains, New York

When Laurie Beechman sang Grizabella at the June 1997 gala celebrating Cats becoming the longest-running Broadway show, audiences hoped this meant her eight-year battle with cancer was behind her. Alas, that wasn't the case. Beechman died Mar. 8, 1998, at age 43.

Obituary: According to Beechman's spokesperson, she is to be buried Mar. 11 in Philadelphia. A public memorial service in New York has not yet been scheduled.

Beechman didn't let cancer stop her performing -- or her generosity. Back in March 1997, she performed a special benefit concert at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre to help an actor-friend also suffering from the disease.

The singer-actress, who appeared in Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1989. Even so, she appeared with the national touring company of Les Miserables and performed at the 1997 Presidential Inauguration. She sang at Margaret Thatcher's birthday party and released several solo CDs, including "Listen to My Heart" and "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Album."

A Tony nominee as the Narrator of 1982's Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beechman appeared at the Walnut in 1990's comedy revival, The Show-Off.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Les Misérables Les Misérables
Mar. 12, 1987 - May 18, 2003
Fantine
Jan. 15, 1990
Performer
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - Cats Cats
Oct. 7, 1982 - Sep. 10, 2000
Grizabella Performer
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jan. 27, 1982 - Sep. 4, 1983
Narrator Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Pirates of Penzance The Pirates of Penzance
Jan. 8, 1981 - Nov. 28, 1982
Swing
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Annie Annie
Apr. 21, 1977 - Jan. 2, 1983
Cecile Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Ensemble Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Perkins Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Sophie, the Kettle Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
    A Star to Be Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Bonnie Boylan Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
 

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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1982 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nominee

Theatre World

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1982 Theatre World Award Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1982 Featured Actress in a Musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nominee
 
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