Broadway actor Gary Beach passed away


The Tony-winning actor has died aged 70 in his house in Palm Springs, CA, where he lived with his husband Jeffrey, his agent has confirmed, but the cause of his death is not publicly revealed. In 1994, Beach originated the role of Lumiere in the Broadway adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, earning a Tony nomination. In 2001, he won the Tony for Featured Actor in a Musical for the role of Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks’ The Producers. He reprised the role for the 2005 film of the musical. Beach was also nominated for a Tony in 2004 for the his portrayal of Albin in La Cage aux Folles. LGBT audience knows him for his roles in Will and Grace and Queer as Folk. The Baruch Frankel Routh Viertel Group, which produced The Producers, said in a statement: “Gary Beach, an actor of consummate skill and artistry, was a glorious human being; a gifted, generous and incredibly funny actor whose presence in a rehearsal room or on the stage lifted everyone’s spirit and inspired them to be the best they could be. His joyous, Tony Award winning performance as Roger DeBris will remain forever in our minds and hearts as the personification of the joyous spirit of Mel Brooks’ The Producers.”


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