In Memoriam 2023


Richard Korthaze” & Lawrence Merritt

Richard Korthaze

Richard Korthaze

No doubt you’ve seen Richard Korthaze in many, many Broadway shows. He was in the original “Pippin,” the original “Chicago,” as well as Fosse’s “Dancin’.” His first gig was in the chorus of the first revival of “Pal Joey” in 1951. Dick has been honored with the Gypsy Robe many times (see picture), and also appeared on Broadway in “Anything Goes” and “Take Me Along.” His movie credits include I’m Not Rappaport, The Addams Family and Sweet Charity.

Richard Korthaze Celbrated at St. Malachy's / The Actors Chapel

Lawrence Merritt

has appeared in over eight Broadway shows, including No Strings, Dear World, Applause, Pippin and Evita and TV specials for Kraft Music Hall, Ann-Margret, Anne Bancroft and numerous live Ed Sullivan shows. His leading ladies in the nightclub circuit include Juliet Prowse, Ann-Margret, Raquel Welch's world tour and partnering Ginger Rogers for a year and a half. After surviving a car accident involving a spinal cord injury and learning to walk again, Lawrence discovered his voice through acting, performing many major roles regionally and in New York City for the last thirteen years.

Lately he has become involved with Theatre Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), “dedicated to advancing actors and writers with disabilities and changing the image of people with disabilities from dependence to independence”. He appeared in their 2013 10 one-act play festival, featuring works by Neil LaBute, Samuel D. Hunter, Jerrod Bogard and Lynn Manning.  A long time Dancers Over 40 member, Lawrence joined the DO40 board in 2010 and the highlight of his tenure was our October, 2013 Ron Field event which he hosted with Marianne Selbert and Harvey Evans.

DO40 Celebrates the Life and Times of Board Member Lawrence Merritt

Lawrence Merritt - In Memoriam


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