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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROADWAY DIMS ITS LIGHTS IN MEMORY OF BELOVED THEATRICAL GENERAL MANAGER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER GEORGE MACPHERSON
June 05, 2009
The Broadway community mourns the loss of George MacPherson, who died Wednesday.
George was a general manager and executive producer in a career that spanned many decades. He served in leadership roles at Masque Sound, a company that provides sound systems for the majority of Broadway musical productions and concert attractions; Edemol Theatre Productions; ATP Dodger Productions; and his own general management office. He managed many national tours, including Hello, Dolly! starring Yvonne DeCarlo, and served as the personal manager to humorist Victor Borge and entertainer Harry Belafonte. In 1993, George became the second recipient of The Broadway League's Distinguished Lifetime Service Award. He received three Helen Hayes Awards for his productions, the National Touring Council Award for Outstanding Service and he received The Metal of Merit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the Arts in Canada on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of her Accession to the Throne. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict where he was a member of the Headquarters Staff of the 8th Army on special assignment to the 5th U.S. Air Force.
The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, Friday, June 5th, at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented, “George was a passionate lover of all things theatrical and was pivotal in helping revive the road as major national platform for Touring Broadway. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
He is survived by wife Judith Winter MacPherson; three children, Duncan of Hartford, CT, Malcolm of Toronto, Canada, and Morag of Bloomfield, NJ; granddaughters, Annie and Emma Chrzczon of Bloomfield, NJ; a sister, Dee Deibel of San Rafael, CA; nephew Christopher Deibel (Lori) and grand niece Jenna of San Rafael, CA: nieces Deborah (John Jeffcott) of Novato, CA and Mme. Diane Breysse (Serge) of La Reunion Island (France). Special mention must be made of his constant companion, Boston Terrier, Buddy Holly.