Richard B. Weaver, a longtime Broadway press agent, died May 17 in New York following a lengthy illness. He was 88.
Weaver, who entered the theater business as a press agent for the Theater Guild, worked on many famed musicals such as the original production of “Porgy and Bess,” “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and “Bells Are Ringing.”
He also served as general manager for Jed Harris’ production of “Our Town,” and became associated with many projects produced by Kermit Bloomgarden, including “The Music Man” and “The Wall.”
Weaver additionally acted as a press agent for the films “Hamlet,” “Ben Hur” and “Spartacus.”
In 1968 Weaver accepted the position of secretary-treasurer for the Assn. of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM), a job he held for 19 years.
Weaver also dedicated time to the American Theater Wing, acting as treasurer for more than 20 years. He helped to create many programs for the group, most notably the “Introduction to Broadway,” which allows high school students to learn about Broadway.
The good and welfare fund of ATPAM has been renamed the Richard Weaver Good and Welfare Fund in his honor.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter and a grandson.
Donations in Weaver’s memory may be made to the attention of Liz Flanagan at Wilmer Eye Institute Glaucoma Center, John Hopkins Hospital, 600 North Wolfe Street, Wilmer 112, Baltimore, MD 21287-9015.