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Composer John Scoullar dies at 61

Co-wrote 'The Little Prince' adaptation

Composer, lyricist, playwright and performer John Scoullar died of cancer on Friday. He was 61.

With Rick Cummins, he wrote musical and dramatic adaptations of Antoine St. Exupery’s “The Little Prince,” a production of which will open the New Victory Theater’s fall season in October.

With playwright Joseph Kavanaugh he wrote “Old Fashion Bargain Days” at Playwrights Horizon, “Canticle” at Hartman Conservatory Theater, musical “The Legend of Finn McCool” and “Hello, Dears,” in which he starred in at the Players Theater.

Born in Providence, R.I., Scoullar began his performing career at age 12 with the American tour of the Bolshoi Ballet and made his Broadway debut in “Over Here” with the Andrews Sisters. Original productions of “King of Hearts,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” and “Truckload” followed. Off Broadway credits include “The Hot L Baltimore,” God Bless You Mr. Rosewater,” “The Crazy Locomotive” and “The Red Blue Grass Western Flyer Show.”

He also served as choreographer and consultant for a few pre-Broadway workshops.

Scoullar is survived by his son and by his partner, Bradshaw Smith of Broadway Beat.

Donations may be made to Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS.

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