Agent found ways to prolong author's legacies

Allen Whitehead, an agent at Music Theater Intl., died Feb. 29 of natural causes. He was 88.

Whitehead was known for his inventive ways to prolong an author’s legacy and keep an ongoing income for his clients and their families.

Some of the dramatic rights Whitehead represented included the rights to “West Side Story,” “Annie” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” which he had turned into a printed notation that is still being used by schools and theaters around the world.

Born in Rocky Mount, NC, Whitehead attended the U. of South Carolina before enlisting in the Navy during WWII. He was then hired by Frank Loesser of Music Theater Intl., serving as agent at the company for more than 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, a daughter, son and six grandchildren.

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