An all too early exit for a Broadway Producer.
But, that can wait . . . because awards are just a hunk of metal, after all. It’s the people holding them that really matter.
Roy Miller was nominated for a few of those awards, including for producing The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006, a little show he found at the Toronto Fringe Festival. And like all great producers do, Roy fed that little show, nurtured it, and kept it warm until it grew up into the big fat Tony Award winning musical that it was.
Unfortunately, Roy Miller passed away on Sunday morning . . . at the unbelievably early age of 52.
While 52, isn’t 32, I will always consider Roy part of the young guns of Broadway. He was a one-man-hustling-machine that bounced between working at theaters (Paper Mill, Surflight) and producing shows like High Fidelity, Is He Dead, West Side Story, Ragtime, A Christmas Story and others. He and I had talked about doing a show or two together no less than a couple of months ago.
And now he’s gone, which is a great loss for all of us.
Because I have a feeling Roy would have produced a lot more shows that ended with him holding a Tony.
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