NEWS - DICK GALLAGHER - DEAD AT 49
DICK GALLAGHER - October 16th, 1955 - January 20th,
Gallagher, beloved son of Lorraine and Joseph Gallagher, brother of
Daniel and William and cherished uncle to many, died on the afternoon
of Thursday, January 20th after a long illness. Mr. Gallagher was
49 years old.
He was best known for his masterful piano accompaniment
of the cream of the New York cabaret scene. Along with Mark Waldrop
he wrote the scores for three award winning off-Broadway reviews.
WHAT NOT won the 1990 Richard Rodgers Production Award and WHOOP-DEE-DO
was the winner of the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award. However, it
was the run-away hit, WHEN PIGS FLY, which the duo created with Howard
Crabtree that has proven to be most popular of their creations. Bette
Midler recorded one of the songs from that score, "Laughing Matters."
It's been produced internationally after an extended run in New York,
having won the 1996 Outer Critics Circle award for Best Musical Review,
and the Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway musical.
The cast albums for these shows have been best sellers
worldwide. He also wrote the words and music for the off-Broadway
musical HAVE I GOT A GIRL FOR YOU: The Frankenstein Musical, along
with the title song for the Charles Busch comedy, YOU SHOULD BE SO
LUCKY. Also written with Mark Waldrop were two shows for the New York
based theatre company, Theatre Works: GOLD RUSH and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he graduated with
honors from the Northwestern University School of Music. He received
his masters degree from the University of Illinois at Champagne. Arriving
in New York, he immediately began accompanying a wide variety of some
of the city's most well-known cabaret singers, appearing several times
at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Rainbow
& Stars, the Carlyle, The Russian Tea Room and every important cabaret
room in the city.
He became famous for creating unique musical arrangements
for Liza Minnelli, Karen Akers, Liliane Montevecchi, Julie Wilson,
Hildegard, Bruce Vilanche, Andrea Marcovicci, David Staller, Charles
Busch, Karen Mason, Sally Mayes, Lina Koutrakos, Laura Kenyon, Mandy
Patinkin, KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar and Phillip Officer among dozens
of others. He's won more MAC awards (the New York Cabaret award) than
any other pianist. For the last several years he has been arranger,
accompanist and conductor for Patti Lupone. Along with writer/director
Scott Whittman he created several shows for her, which they performed
at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, on Broadway and cabaret appearances
and concerts internationally.
In lieu of flowers, they request donations to be made
to The Actors Fund of America (http://www.actorsfund.org/)
in his name. A memorial service is planned for Sunday the 23rd of
January, 6:00 pm, at the FRANK CAMPBELL FUNERAL HOME (1076 Madison
Avenue @ 81st Street, NYC - 212-288-3500).
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