R. Tyler Gatchell Jr., Broadway Producer and Manager, Dead at 50
NEW YORK (AP) _ R. Tyler Gatchell Jr., a Broadway producer and manager who collaborated with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on various musicals including ″Cats″ and ″Evita,″ has died. He was 50.
Gatchell collapsed Thursday at Kennedy Airport on his way to London for the opening of ″Sunset Boulevard,″ according to his longtime companion, Mark Shannon. He was pronounced dead of a heart attack at a hospital.
Webber has dedicated ″Sunset Boulevard″ to Gatchell’s memory. Marquees on Broadway theaters went dark for one minute Friday evening.
Founded by Gatchell and partner Peter Neufeld in 1969, his theatrical general management-producing firm Gatchell & Neufeld Ltd. has been involved with more than 100 major theatrical productions.
The association with Webber began with ″Jesus Christ Superstar″ in 1971. The firm has been executive producer of Webber’s ″Evita,″ ″Cats,″ ″Song and Dance,″ ″Starlight Express,″ ″Aspects of Love″ and his current Broadway-bound musicals ″Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat″ and ″Sunset Boulevard.″
Gatchell is survived by his father, R. Tyler Gatchell of Princeton; his mother, Patricia Leadley; two sisters and two brothers.
A funeral mass was scheduled for Wednesday at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Manhattan. A memorial service was to be held in a Broadway theater at a later date.