Three-time Tony Award nominee, Rebecca Luker has passed away at age 59 and performed on stage for more than 30 years.
The news was confirmed by The New York Times and by her agent Sarah Fargo. The actress was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as ALS. The actress announced she diagnosed with the disease back in February.
Luker began her acting career in The Phantom of the Opera in 1989 and went on be performing in musicals like Show Boat, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, and Mary Poppins. Her final performance on stage was in 2019 as a featured role in a production of Footlose at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The Broadway community has taken to social media and are speaking out to pay tribute to the beloved actress.
This is devastating news about Rebecca Luker. I cannot express how sorry I am. Thinking of Danny and sending love to him.— Annette O'Toole (@Annette O'Toole) 1608746102
We lived with an angel named Rebecca Luker. Last year, we sang together, though she really carried, the Flower Duet… https://t.co/nEpoURSq2F— Melissa Errico (@Melissa Errico) 1608748334
The Secret Garden was the 3rd Broadway show I ever saw. This is the performance I first saw @RebeccaJLuker in & I h… https://t.co/PEGRgboDDi— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his)) 1608745342
Rebecca Luker was humble, loving and kind. So much so that you would sometimes forget her otherworldly talent, unti… https://t.co/TnITmLyulH— Laura Benanti (@Laura Benanti) 1608744280
Just devastating. She was an angel on earth. One of the most glorious voices and the sweetest of souls. Sending so… https://t.co/qhXFFYzAhy— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald) 1608748169
My friend and one of the main reasons I wanted to be a soprano.... Her voice was soprano heaven. I love you, Rebecc… https://t.co/wOIZ426Ina— Kristin Chenoweth (@Kristin Chenoweth) 1608745163
Devastating news. Becca was a beautiful, kind soul. So talented, so brave. It's hard to imagine this world without… https://t.co/7CGAvBxiCm— Liz Callaway (@Liz Callaway) 1608745911
Heartbreaking loss. My heart and condolences with Danny and their family. 💔 https://t.co/6gC3jGwoHm— Aaron Tveit (@Aaron Tveit) 1608745323
Oh man. Our hearts are with Danny. Such a great lady and the purist silver soprano of all. So sad. RIP, Rebecc… https://t.co/ycAOybYhvu— steven pasquale (@steven pasquale) 1608746222
What a huge loss for the American theatre. Rebecca Luker is gone too soon. Sending love and comfort to all who knew… https://t.co/LsxocKRvG7— LaChanze (@LaChanze) 1608748231
Thank you for the music and the kindness, Ms @RebeccaJLuker - u you are missed and loved ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/OROtOW34tH— Iain Armitage (@Iain Armitage) 1608748276
Luker leaves behind her husband Danny Burstein and two stepsons, Zachary and Alexander. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Luker's fans, friends, and family. She will be missed.
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