elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

David Carroll (July 30, 1950 - March 11, 1992)

Born in Rockville Center, New York, in 1950, David Carroll (sometimes billed as David-James Carroll) is best known for his work in musical theater. At Dartmouth College, where he was an undergraduate, he helped found the repertory company. In 1974 he was an understudy in the Circle in the Square Theatre's revival of Frank Loesser's Where's Charley?, and in 1975 he was an original cast member of the revue Rodgers & Hart at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

In the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 1976 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Biblical musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – the first major production of Joseph in New York – Carroll played the title role.

In 1981, he played Eastern Mousada in Valenti and Driver's short-lived musical Oh Brother! at the ANTA Playhouse (now called the August WilsonTheatre). In Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982), a musical based on the 1954 film of the same name (with a book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay; music by Gene de Paul, Al Kasha, and Joel Hirschhorn; and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Al Kasha, and Joel Hirschhorn), Carroll played Adam in the original Broadway cast.

At the Public Theatre in 1984, playing opposite Linda Ronstadt's Mimì, Carroll sang Rodolpho in a new version of Puccini's La bohème, offering a convincing portrayal of a sensitive romantic who could also, as the New York Times noted, "deliver the score forcefully in pop terms."

In 1985, Carroll played Rat in the musical based on Kenneth Grahame's classical children's tale The Wind in the Willows. The musical – by William Perry, Roger McGough, and Jane Iredale – earned two Tony® nominations, for Best Book of a Musical and for Best Original Score. At the Imperial Theatre in 1988, Carroll took the lead part of the Russian chess master Anatoly in Chess – a musical by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (both of ABBA fame) and Tim Rice – for which Carroll received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

At the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 1989, Carroll played Walter in Hy Kraft's 1942 comedy Cafe Crown, which earned a Tony® nomination for Best Revival.

Carroll is particularly remembered for his portrayal of Baron Felix von Gaigern, a role he created in the 1989 musical Grand Hotel (book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, additional lyrics and music by Maury Yeston). The musical, which ran on Broadway for 1,017 performances, won five Tony Awards®; Carroll earned both Tony® and Drama Desk nominations for his performance. He was in the process of making the original cast recording in 1992 when he died, at age forty-one, of a pulmonary embolism at the recording studio.

Carroll's television credits include Ball Four, The Rockford Files, CHiPs, Knots Landing, and The Seduction of Miss Leona.

Source: http://www.masterworksbroadway.com/artist/david-carroll

Further Readings:

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080707957X
ISBN-13: 978-0807079577
Amazon: Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.

Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade.

More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Gay Classics

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