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    Posted April 11, 2011

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Remembering George Martin

By Jon Engstrom

George Martin

I first met George Martin in 1984 when we were putting together the Los Angeles company of “42ND STREET”. He was Production Stage Manager and I was the Dance Captain. It was the beginning of a strong friendship that continued until he passed away on April 6, 2011. He was suffering from bone cancer and when I heard that he had been moved to assisted living and hospice care, I flew to Atlanta, GA to see him. We laughed and gossiped and then one week later he was gone.

George didn’t talk about himself very much. He was more interested in others, but I did, over time, get him to share some stories and facts about his illustrious career in theatre. Most of you who are reading this probably worked with him on Broadway under his capacity as Production Stage Manager: “Evita”, “On The Twentieth Century”, ”Company”, “Anna Christie”, “Pacific Overtures”, “Candide”, & “A Little Night Music”. He was also Stage Manager & Dance captain of the original “Follies”. As a director and choreographer he worked in London, South Africa, Australia, West Berlin, Vienna, and other European cities staging productions of “”Pal Joey”, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum”, ”Evita”, “Kismet”, “ A Little Night Music”, “Annie” & “42ND Street”.

Prior to all of this George had a wonderful performing career as a dancer on Broadway and in films. He met his wife Ethel in 1943 on the set of “The Yellow Rose of Texas”. They were both members of that elite & famed group known as the Jack Cole Dancers and together they performed in most of the films that Jack Cole choreographed, including “On The Riviera”, “Down To Earth”, “Ali Baba”, and others. Kay Thompson had an act that she toured with throughout the United States and Europe. It was just Kay and three men. George Martin and Buzz Miller were two of the three men. On Broadway, George danced in productions of: “ A Funny Thing…”, “Donnybrook”, “Kismet”, “Happy Hunting”, “Carnival in Flanders”, “Pal Joey”, “Magdalena”, “Lady In The Dark” and others.

But George was more than the sum of all this. He was a great human being with a wonderful sense of humor, a passion for life who was loved and adored by so many. What a classy man! We will all miss you!

George is survived by his wife Ethel, married for 66 years, his son Chris and daughter-in-law Pam and their two sons Alex and Brian and his other son Michael.

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