Richard Warren Pugh, an original cast member of the Broadway production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” died June 9 in New York of complications from diabetes. He was 55.
Pugh had been a member of the “Phantom” acting company from the show’s 1988 opening until the time of his death. He had performed a variety of roles, including the auctioneer who kicks off the show.
Other Broadway credits included the original production of “Sweeney Todd,” in which he understudied the role of the Beadle, and the 1983 revival of “Zorba!” starring Anthony Quinn.
He served as the second VP of Actors Equity from 1991 to 2000, and also held other positions in the org.
He is survived by father and a sister.