Theater helmer Sydow dies

Multihyphenate was Tony nominated

Legit multihyphenate Jack Sydow died May 28 in Los Angeles. He was 88.

Sydow, a director, actor, playwright and professor, earned a Tony nom for helming the 1967 revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.” The tuner revival starred Ethel Merman with additional music by Irving Berlin.

Sydow began his decades-long career directing and acting in community theater before receiving his master’s from the Yale School of Drama. He made his New York City directorial debut with the Little Orchestra Society at Hunter College in 1952. He won an Obie Award for his 1958 theatrical adaptation of “The Brothers Karamazov.”

In 1959, Sydow directed the national tour of “Once Upon a Mattress” featuring Buster Keaton.

During the ’60s, Sydow directed several productions with the American & National Repertory Theatres, including “Mary Stuart,” “Elizabeth the Queen,” “Ring Round the Moon” and “The Crucible.”

He appeared on TV shows including “Frasier,” “Touched by an Angel” and “Brothers and Sisters.”

In 1970, Sydow left for the U. of Washington where he headed the directing program for 16 years.

Donations may be made in his name to the Actors Fund of America.

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