Broadway veteran and Grammy-winning composer Galt MacDermot died at the age of 89 on December 17, a day shy of his 90th birthday. Mr. MacDermot was best-known for creating the Tony-winning musical Hair alongside with James Rado and Gerome Ragni.
After the success of the "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," Mr. MacDermot went on to score the Tony-winning musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, for which he earned a Drama Desk Award. He also lent his considerable musical talent to a number of other musicals, including Isabel's a Jezebel , Dude, and The Human Comedy.
Following the news of his death, the Broadway community took to social media to share memories and anecdotes about the composer and express gratitude for his groundbreaking work.
Some unforgettable Galt MacDermot music:— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 17, 2018
Maestro wrote the best basslines in musical theater. Full stop.
I want to post The Flesh Failures but you HAVE to hear Long Past Sunset from The Human Comedy: https://t.co/lL4cutqVd4
Rest easy, brilliant, sweet Galt. Thank you for your kindness, your encouragement & the music you left behind. https://t.co/PkdKshavvK— Caissie Levy (@CaissieLevy) December 17, 2018
So sad to see the news about sweet, kind, brilliant Galt MacDermot. What an honor to know and to work with him and his family. https://t.co/KLouDZ2arI— GrAndrew Got Run Kober By A Reindeer (@andrewkober) December 17, 2018
Galt MacDermot, Composer of Hair, Dead at 89 https://t.co/kK50LlUDjM. Thank you for the music. Thank you for your kindness. I will never forget what it felt like to sing those harmonies in The Human Comedy, my Broadway debut. Rest in peace Galt.— Olga Merediz (@TheOlgaMerediz) December 17, 2018
Galt MacDermot, the 2x #TonyAwards-nominated composer of "Hair" and the 1972 Best Musical "Two Gentlemen of Verona," has died at age 89. https://t.co/krSjfObqdL— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) December 17, 2018
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below. pic.twitter.com/Ag5MAOWeYz
RIP Galt MacDermot, 89, Hair stylist, rock-musical pioneer, great Canadian pic.twitter.com/gjC0heTGKe— Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) December 17, 2018
RIP to this icon. Thank you for the music. 📿🌸✌️🕊 https://t.co/ddJFeO34Ek— 🎄🎅🏻Hard-cAndy ChristMientus🔔☃️ (@andymientus) December 17, 2018