Hail and farewell: A tribute to those we lost in 2021


They touched us in so many ways … their talents, their deeds, their special gifts. Time for our look back at those who left us in the year gone by. With Lee Cowan, we say “Hail and Farewell”:

As Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters sang in “Sunday in the Park With George,” “Move On” – that’s something we’ve been trying to do all year, to move a little closer to normalcy. But we still ended the year with more COVID deaths than last year, and a whole new variant that’s threatening our holidays once again.

There were more school shootings, and a deadly line of tornadoes that cut a scar across the nation’s midsection in December – not exactly common. So much for normal.

Broadway, though, re-opened (cautiously), and with it a new revival of the groundbreaking musical “Company,” although still reeling from the loss of its creator, Stephen Sondheim.

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