Gene Casey, ASCAP lyricist/composer, musical director, arranger and accompanist, died Sept. 28 at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles of liver failure. He was 70.
Fort Sills Okla.-native grew up in Marshall, Tex. and moved to Gotham for his early career. He relocated to Los Angeles in the ’70s.
With his brother Jan, he co-wrote numerous stage tuners including “Hubba Hubba,” which bowed at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1970 and ran at Manhattan Theater Club. Among the other musicals he wrote are “An Original Jimmy Shine,” the children’s musical “The Magic Weave” and “The Orphan’s Revenge,” which had extended runs at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. and the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas.
He assembled many musical revues over the years; his last, “gene casey’s theatersongs” was presented this past spring by Lonny Chapman’s Group Repertory Theater.
Casey wrote songs for television shows such as “Trapper John” and “McCloud.” He also served as accompanist to a wide range of talent, including Dorothy Lamour, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand.
In addition to his creative partner and friend of 42 years, Richard Alan Woody, Casey is survived by his sister.