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Singer, Actor, Playwright Dies

April 3, 1991

ATLANTA (AP) _ W. Lamar Alford, an actor and singer who made his Broadway debut as Lamar in ″Godspell,″ has died. He was 46.

Alford died Friday at Crawford Long Hospital and was buried Tuesday. His family would not disclose the cause of death.

He was a member of the original 1971 cast of ″Godspell,″ playing a role that bore his name. He wrote and composed more than a half dozen plays and musicals, and also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in ″Your Arm’s Too Short to Box With God.″

Beginning in 1982, he was dramatist-in-residence at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he founded the King Players theater group.

Born Oct. 11, 1944, in Troy, Ala., Alford was the youngest of five children of a Baptist minister.

He began voice lessons in New York at 19 and traveled to Europe and the Americas with the Great Jones Repertory Co.

A tenor, Alford also sang with the New York City Opera.

Survivors include two brothers, Fletcher Alford of Montgomery, Ala., and Franklin Alford of Atlanta, and two sisters, Bertha Charles and Stella Alford, both of Montgomery.

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