Ken Lundie

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Kenneth Floyd Lundie of New York passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital in New York, surrounded by his loving friends and caregivers, Missy Keene and Barbara Porteus.
Born in Lancaster, Mr. Lundie was the son of the late Sara Bell Lundie and the late B. Fred Lundie.
He was preceded in death by his life partner, Dennis Daniel.
Ken was a multi-musical talent involved in the New York theater scene, serving as a musical director, pianist, composer, vocal coach/arranger, and Broadway performer. Musical direction credits include the successful off-Broadway productions of "Golf The Musical," "For Lovers Only," "Dietrich and Chevalier" and "A Celebration of The Gershwins." He was the musical director for regional productions of "Barnum" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and assisted on the 20th anniversary tour of "Evita," the Jimmy Buffett and Herman Wouk musical, "Don't Stop The Carnival," as well as the off-Broadway production of "Lone Star Love." Ken was the musical supervisor for the infamous Broadway production of "Moose Murders." He appeared in the Broadway production of "Crazy For You," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," as well as touring companies of "Dames At Sea" and "Annie Get Your gun" with Debbie Reynolds. His off-Broadway credits include the musicals "Tallulah," "Cowboy and Broadway Jukebox." Ken was also well known for his performances at Sam's, New York's oldest Theater District restaurant cabaret and Dale Badway's Broadway Royale performances at the Copacabana. He appeared in films with Dolly Pardon and Mae West, and as animation voice-overs for Dr. Suess. Ken performed at The White House and performed with various orchestras throughout his career. He was regularly called to play for auditions by many New York casting offices including McCorkle Casting and Barry Moss Casting, as well as many regional theaters such as Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage and Westchester's Broadway Dinner Theater. Ken also produced Cabaret Performances and CO's for Feinstein's and the Laurie Beechman Theater. He had also been with Radio City Productions since 1999. He was pleased to be associated with Paul Harman's Audition Success Seminars for nearly a decade.
Ken started early in the entertainment field at age four at the Children's Theatre of Performing Arts in Portsmouth, Va. While in high school, he was organist and choir director of Cottage Place UMC in Portsmouth, directing three choirs and a weekly-televised church service. He was a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in drama.
Ken is survived by Uncle and Aunt Lowe, Mary B. Norman of Virginia Beach Va., and Uncle Eric Sigmon of Lancaster; best friends Barbara Porteus, Missy Keene and Dale Badway of New York and Cindy Arnold of Newport News Va.; adopted brother, James J. Doran of Portsmouth Va.; and many loving cousins and friends.
Ken brought amazing energy, humor and enthusiasm to all he touched. He had an incredible passion for music and those who loved music. He had an impact on so many lives and loved everyone. Ken will be "forever in our hearts."
The celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Camp Creek UMC in Lancaster, by the Rev Mike Catoe.
Memorials may be made to Camp Creek UMC, 4721 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720 or to Broadwaycares.org.
Published in The Lancaster News on Feb. 10, 2018