Roger Berlind, “Book of Mormon,” “Hello, Dolly!” A great producer on more than 100 Broadway shows, including recent disasters like this! And “Dear Evan Hansen” is dead. He was 90 years old.
According to the New York Times, Berlin died at his home in Manhattan on December 18. Burland was famous on the original stem for its unusual path to success on Broadway. Locals in Brooklyn tried to make it as a lyricist but moved to Wall Street and investment banking for a living. After losing his wife and three of his four children in a plane crash at John F. Kennedy Airport in 1975, he finally found his new Calling Broadway drama and musical instrument.
Berlin’s credits stretch from the early flops of 19 Ok’s “Rex” and 1977’s “Merchant” to his contemporary hits in 2019’s “Oklahoma !,” “Mean Girls” and “The Curiosity in the Night-Time”. The most recent win at the Tony Awards was last year’s Sustainable Rogers and Hammerstein tuner “Oklahoma!” Its dramatically re-imagined! In 2017, he brought home two Tony for Best Music (“Dear Evan Hansen”) and Best Music Recovery (“Hello, Dolly!”).
Many of the producer’s other credits include the 1980s hits “Amadeus”, “Sophisticated Lady,” “Nine,” “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” and “City of Angels”. In the nineties he was “Gypsy,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and “One of the funniest things on the way to the forum.”
In a tweet sent on Christmas Eve after the death of the New York Times, Broadway veteran Batty Buckley described Berland as “a beautiful man and a wonderful producer.” Actor David Aaron Daman mentions that Berlind produced his first Broadway show, “The Life”, an original musical that ran from April 199 to June 1997.
“Always a kind word, always a recognized handshake, always a love for our show and theater in general,” Daman wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for sharing everything.”
Berlin’s son William died at the age of 2 when his mother Helen, 12-year-old sister and two brothers aged 9 and 6 died, according to the New York Times. William followed his father on the Great White Way, working alongside him as a producer for the Berlin Productions, writing for New York Times Magazine and the New York Observer.
In addition to the son, survivors in Berlin include his wife of 40 years, Brooke, a brother and two grandchildren.