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Broadway producer Buddy Freitag dies

Won best musical Tony for 'Memphis' in 2010

Theater producer Edgar “Buddy” Freitag — currently represented on Broadway by “Memphis,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “End of the Rainbow” — died on Wednesday, May 30, in New York City due to complications from a brain tumor. He was 80.

“Memphis” won the Tony in 2010 for best musical, and “Porgy and Bess,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “End of the Rainbow” are all nominees in various categories this year.

Freitag co-founded commercial mortgage banking/brokerage firm United Financial of America, and following the sale of the company, he and his wife Barbara began investing in many Off Broadway and Broadway productions, including “Anna in the Tropics,” Edward Albee’s “The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?,” “Caroline, Or Change,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “West Side Story,” “Legally Blonde,” “In the Heights” and “All My Sons.”

Freitag began his Broadway producing career in 2007 with “The Homecoming” and subsequently produced such Broadway shows as “November,” “Passing Strange,” “The Miracle Worker,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “High” and “Blithe Spirit.”

Freitag graduated from Baruch College, CUNY, in 1953. He served two years in the Army, then spent 17 years at New York City’s Grey Advertising Agency as a vice president before co-launching his banking firm.

In addition to his wife Barbara, Freitag is survived by two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren. Services will be held at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on Thursday, May 31, at 12 p.m.

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