Lori Schmidt

Broadway Gospel Choir founding member

Lori Schmidt, a founding member of the Broadway Gospel Choir who also ran the production company Very Busy in Manhattan, died Tuesday March 26 in New York City of an apparent heart attack. She was 46.

Schmidt suffered from sclera derma and Type II diabetes; the heart attack was attributed to both diseases.

Well-known in the Broadway community, she ran the production offices of Michael Frasier, Joan Cullman and Ann Strickland.

She also cast compact disks for “Far From the Madding Crowd,” “Dusky Sally” and “The Awakening.”

The Broadway Gospel Choir, composed of Broadway performers, has appeared on numerous TV shows and their own annual concert to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

Schmidt was one of the 10 women chosen by Rosie O’Donnell in 1997 to share in a special $100,000 grant. Schmidt donated her portion of the prize to BC/EFA.

She is survived by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, a niece and a nephew.

Services are Friday March 29 at 9:30 a.m. in New York City’s Riverside Memorial Chapel.

Donations in her name may be made to charity of donor’s choice or BC/EFA.

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