Gray, Kevin C.
Popular Broadway performer, educator, and lifelong Westport resident Kevin Gray died suddenly at home of heart failure on February 11, 2013. He was 54.
Gray appeared in more than 8,500 Broadway and national tour performances, acting in or directing more than 150 productions. These included starring on Broadway in the title role in The Phantom of the Opera as the youngest "Phantom" ever. He also starred in Broadway productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, The King and I and Chu Chem, in national tours of The King and I and The Lion King, and in productions of Show Boat and Miss Saigon among many others. His off-Broadway credits included Pacific Overtures, The Knife and The Death of Garcia Lorca; Gray performed in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Film and TV appearances included Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, White Hot, The Equalizer and Miami Vice.
A graduate of Staples High School and Duke University, Gray served as an associate professor on the faculty of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, and had served on the faculty of Rollins College in Florida. Over the course of his career, Gray also contributed time as a volunteer with students in Westport and other communities.
Gray was the beloved husband of Dodie Pettit, with whom he appeared in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera and in other productions, and was the son of the late Neal and Rose (Chann) Gray. In addition to Pettit, he is survived by his sister, Linda Hrycaj and her husband Bob, nephew Nick, and niece Emily, all of Colorado; his cats, Boris and Natasha; and many friends and colleagues.
Friends are invited to greet his family on Saturday, February 16th from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 17th from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Rd. in Fairfield Center. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Kevin's name to the Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), 504 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 (www.pawsct.org
), or the Connecticut Dance School, 42 Halley Ct., Fairfield, CT 06825 (www.ctdanceschool.com
To send an online condolence, please visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com