Brian Shucker was an award-winning composer and lyricist who wrote the score
of Babes, a 1940s-style musical that opened in L.A. In the early 80s, at the Curtain Call Theater, Shucker met Bill Sawyer, his collaborator and companion. Sawyer wrote the book for Babes, and was in the process of completing what would have been their second full musical together when he died. Although visibly weakened, Shucker attended an audition session in March 1991 to select the cast for a production of Babes at the Matrix Theater in West Hollywood. From his hospital bed, using a portable keyboard, he rescored one of the play's pieces titled, Give It a Whirl. It was the second run for Babes in Los Angeles, and it opened on Friday, April 12, 1991, the day Shucker died. "He was never someone who would want to be the center of attention," said a longtime friend and colleague, Michael Michetti. "He always appreciated the little nuances of life. He never hits you over the head; he thought the audience was more intelligent than that.” William "Bill" Sawyer died exactly four months later, on August 12, 1991. They are listed side by side on the AIDS quilt.
Together from (around) 1980 to 1991: 11 years.
William “Bill” Sawyer (March 28, 1953 - August 12, 1991)
Brian John Shucker (May 29, 1958 - April 12, 1991)
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