Gloria Lamere, a longtime theater manager who booked numerous artists and Broadway shows throughout the state of New York, died Aug. 19 of hepatitis at her home in Albany. She was 70.
A native of Pittsburgh, Lamere started as a reporter for several local New York newspapers. She was also a promotion director at PTV WMHT in Schenectady.
In 1968, Lamere began a 15-year tenure as a talent booker for the Albany Coliseum.
Promoted to general manager in 1974, she built a reputation as an efficient and firm exec: Lamere once refused to allow singer Tom Jones to cancel his engagement unless he made a public announcement himself. Jones, as a result, held a press conference at the theater.
Since 1990, Lamere actively served as executive director for the Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. She worked with showbiz and Broadway producers to bring renowned artists and national touring productions to the Proctor.
She booked such Broadway staples as “Les Miserables,” “Hello, Dolly” and “Cats.” Lamere also arranged to get various singers including Wynonna Judd, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Mandy Patinkin. Before her death, Lamere had already established shows for the 2001-02 season.
She is survived by her husband, Ray, a musician and singer with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, as well as three sons, two daughters, one brother and one sister.