The type of blogs I hate to write.

You probably think that the subject of this blog is about our declining attendance rate.

But it’s not.

In fact, it’s the kind of blog that reminds you that declining or rising attendance rates aren’t important either way.

I’d bet that you didn’t know Randall E. Klein.  He wasn’t as famous as Marvin Hamlisch, or Steve Jobs or some of the other folks that I’ve written blog-obituaries about.  And you won’t see a story about his untimely passing on any of the Broadway sites.

Which is why I felt I had to say something here.

Randall was a costume designer.  I met him way back when he was the associate on the National Tour of Cinderella that I General Managed.  And because I thought he was smart, talented, and one of the nicest guys I had worked with in that world, I hired him to design my very first show, The Awesome 80s Prom.  He went on to work as the Costume Supervisor at that little ol’ shop called The Metropolitan Opera.

And just recently, Randall passed away at an age that’s waaaaay to young for anyone in this world to say goodbye.

Randall made every project he did look better.  And he didn’t even need one single costume.  He just had to be around.

Farewell, my friend.  Even though blogs like this sometimes make me want to stop blogging altogether, it’s people like Randall, who loved what they did so much, and always did it with a smile on their face no matter how much money they were making, that makes me want to blog even more.


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