John M. Falabella, a designer for theater and television, died on July 6, 1993, in New York City. He was 40.
The cause was AIDS, his press representatives, Boneau/Bryan-Brown, said.
Mr. Falabella designed 14 Broadway shows, including Harvey Fierstein's "Safe Sex," Edward Albee's "Lady From Dubuque" and "Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway." He was the artistic supervisor and costume designer for "Tango Pasion." He also worked Off Broadway and at regional theaters around the country, among them the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
His television credits include "Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne" and five Tony Awards shows for CBS. He also designed many AIDS benefits, including "The Best of the Best: A Show of Concern" at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1985.
He was also the head of the scenic design program at Boston University, where he taught since 1986.
He was survived by his companion, Laren T. Lambdin, who passed away on September 27, 2013. A friend said about Laren: "Laren was a kind soul. When he passed, he left behind a son, grandson, and was still recovering (or at least trying to) from the death of his partner Kevin Dorris approx 18 months beforehand. He worked as a dispatcher for the Knox County Sheriff's office, and battled cancer for many years, and its side effects, before finally passing away. The world was a better place because he was in it."
Theatre World 1990-1991, Vol. 47 by John Willis
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Applause Books; Vol. 37 (1980/1981)- edition (February 1, 2000)
Amazon: Theatre World 1990-1991, Vol. 47
Theatre World, the statistical and pictorial record of the Broadway and off-Broadway season, touring companies, and professional regional companies throughout the United States, has become a classic in its field. The book is complete with cast listings, replacement producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and much, much more. There are special sections with biographical data, obituary information, listings of annual Shakespeare festivals and major drama awards.
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