Geoffrey Johnson, the casting director for `Cats` and `Les Miserables`, not too long ago died on the age of 91 as a result of respiratory failure at Henry J. Carter Hospital in New York. In response to Deadline, Johnson`s log profession noticed him seem on Broadway as an actor. He additionally labored with David Merrick as a stage supervisor and casting director and served as Noel Coward`s US consultant. Born in New York Metropolis on June 23, 1930, and raised in Larchmont NY, he obtained a BA from the College of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the Yale College of Drama.
From there, he labored as an actor, showing in `Saint Joan` on Broadway in 1956. He was additionally the stage supervisor of a number of Broadway exhibits together with `Cactus Flower` and `I Do, I Do`. His work as a stage supervisor led him to Noel Coward, with whom he labored on the Broadway manufacturing of `Sail Away`. The connection continued after that, with Johnson serving as Coward`s US consultant till the actor`s demise in 1973.
After working with David Merrick as a stage supervisor and casting director, he fashioned Johnson-Liff Casting in 1975 with enterprise accomplice Vincent Liff and fellow casting administrators Linda Otto and Geri Windsor. In 2003, Johnson and Vincent Liff have been awarded a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre, in addition to the Hoyt Bowers Award and several other Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America.
Johnson continued to be an energetic member of the theater group after the Johnson-Liff workplace closed in 2002. He served on the Tony nomination committee for a number of years, and was a trustee of the Noel Coward Basis and the Life President of the Noel Coward Archive Belief. In 2016, he established the Geoffrey Ashton Johnson/ Noel Coward Scholarship on the Yale College of Drama to honor Coward`s contribution to the artwork type and his legacy as playwright and performer.
He’s survived by his niece Valerie Cortalano, nephew Bruce Johnson, nice nephews Charles Cortalano, Geoffrey Cortalano, Nicholas Cortalano, Ryan Johnson and cousins and plenty of associates within the U.S. and England. As per Deadline, a memorial service for him can be introduced at a later date.
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