Rebecca Luker was a Tony-nominated Broadway star known for her roles in productions including the 1994 revival of “Showboat” and the 2000 revival of “The Music Man.”
- Died: December 23, 2020 (Who else died on December 23?)
- Details of death: Died at a hospital in Manhattan of ALS at the age of 59.
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Ingenues and leading ladies
Luker made her Broadway debut in “The Phantom of the Opera,” beginning as understudy to Sarah Brightman playing the female lead, Christine, and taking over the role in 1989. She continued playing sweet ingenues and leading ladies through much of her career, earning Tony nominations for three of her performances: Magnolia in “Show Boat,” Marian in “The Music Man,” and Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins.” Luker’s other notable roles include Lily in “The Secret Garden,” Maria in “The Sound of Music,” and the fairy godmother in “Cinderella.” She also made appearances on TV shows including “Boardwalk Empire” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”
“When I sing, I think it heals me. It helps me feel like I’m still a part of something.” —from a 2020 interview with the New York Times
Tributes to Rebecca Luker
Full obituary: The New York Times