M. SCHAEFFER, NOTED THEATER AND CABARET CRITIC, DEAD AT 50
M. Schaeffer, the theater, cabaret and nightclub critic, columnist,
and entertainment feature writer for publications, including VARIETY,
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, BACK STAGE, and NEWSDAY, died in New York
City's Cabrini Hospice on May 29, 1996. Schaeffer, who was 50 years
old, died of complications of AIDS, according to his friend, Brian
Over the past
two decades, Martin Schaeffer was a fixture at all of Manhattan's
top cabarets and night spots. While a critic and feature writer, he
was also a friend of many of the top celebrities, including Julie
Wilson, Hildegarde, Karen Mason and the late Sylvia Syms and Nancy
LaMott. Numerous stars from theater and cabaret lent their talents
to his lavish 50th birthday party, held at Eighty Eight's in Greenwich
Vilage in August of 1995, which Schaeffer used to raise funds for
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
In 1995, Schaeffer
received the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs "Board of
Directors Award" for contributions to cabaret in New York City. From
1993 through 1996 he co-hosted and co-wrote the BACK STAGE Bistro
Awards, for which he also served as a judge.
to 1991 Schaeffer was a nightclub critic for VARIETY, and from 1985
to 1991 he was co-host and critic for the Manhattan Cable TV show
"Tomorrow, Tonight Live!". In the mid-1970's he began reviewing Broadway
and off-Broadway productions, first for THE WAVE OF LONG ISLAND, and
beginning in 1987 as the off-Broadway critic for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
he was a critic, columnist and feature writer for BACK STAGE, reviewing
Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway for this major entertainment
trade paper. From 1993 he was BACK STAGE's cabaret critic and co-wrote
the weekly's "Bistro Bits" column. He was co-editor of THEATERGOER,
a national theater newsletter, which was published from 1982 to 1984
and was editor of CELEBRITY WORLD NEWS" from 1985 to 1987.
In 1988 he
did a brief turn-about, conceiving, producing and co-writing his own
cabaret/theater piece, "Damned If You Do..." at Don't Tell Mama, the
well known Manhattan night spot.
was a member of the New York Drama Desk and the Outer Critics' Circle.
In the area
of public relations, he was the associate publicity coordinator for
"Career and Education Expo," held at Manhattan's Jacob Javits Center
in 1989 and 1990.
was born in Manhattan on August 20, 1945. He was raised in Brooklyn,
moving to Manhattan in 1976. He graduated from Hunter College in January,
1967 and received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University
in June of 1968. He was also a hearing representative for the New
York State Department of Labor for over 20 years.
funeral was held on May 29 at Park West-Riverside chapel in Manhattan
He was buried at Beth David Cemetary in Queens.
is survived by his lover, Lance Geshwind of Manhattan, and cousins
Ruth Rosenhaus and Efriam Edelstein.
In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be sent to Cabrini Hospice, God's Love
We Deliver or Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, all in Manhattan.
service was held on Sunday, July 14, 1996 at Eighty Eight's, 228 West
10th Street, New York City at 4:30 pm.
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