Dancer-singer Erica Kerry Blohm, who performed in numerous stage musicals during the 1960s and ‘70s, died March 11 at her home in Encino, Calif., following a lengthy illness. She was 56.
Born Linda Jo Muench, she is best remembered for essaying the role of Liesl in the first national touring company of “The Sound of Music” in 1962.
She also toured with Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly” and appeared in a command performance of “Dolly” in the White House before President and Mrs. Johnson on Jan. 17, 1967.
A native of Albuquerque, she studied ballet at the Krasnov School of Dance and later studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet in New York City.
Additional highlights of her career included performing on Broadway in “Hello, Dolly” and “Cabaret.” She also enjoyed the distinction of dancing in the last line at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City.
She performed in numerous roles at the Melody Top Theaters in Chicago and Milwaukee, the Candlelight Playhouse and the Ivanhoe Theatre in Chicago and the Rainbow Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada.
She and her husband created two musical TV series for children, “The Rainbow Patch” and “The Kid-A-Littles,” which they wrote and produced for NBC owned stations and national syndication.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Dawson Blohm, a daughter, her mother and father, and a sister.