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Alvaleta Guess

Alvaleta Guess, a Broadway singer and actress who most recently appeared in the Tony-nominated tuner “Swinging on a Star,” died Sept. 2 in Manhattan of breast cancer. She was 36.

Guess performed the title song of “Swinging on a Star” with her fellow cast members on the CBS telecast of the Tony Awards in June. During the show’s pre-Broadway run at the Goodspeed Opera House, Guess won the Connecticut Critics Award for actress in a musical.

Her Off Broadway credits include “Avenue X” and “Nunsense,” and she toured nationally with “Once on This Island” and “Ain’t Misbehavin.’ ”

Between hospital visits this summer, Guess helped develop a new musical version of “Skin of Our Teeth,” directed by Jerry Zaks, and a workshop of a Broadway-bound musical, “Orpheus,” for Dodger Prods., directed by Christopher Renshaw.

Her film work included parts in “The Big Night,” “Dead Presidents” and “Money Train,” and she appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order.” A native of Kansas City, Mo., she held a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology, and taught deaf and blind children in the Kansas City school system.

She is survived by her mother, Gracie.

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