Broadway producer Karen Walter Goodwin has died at the age of 66.
She passed away on 30 June (14) after suffering complications from colon cancer surgery.
Goodwin was known for her financial savvy and began her career in the arts in the 1980s, helping to raise funds for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of All's Well That Ends Well in New York.
She went on to help cover costs for the original West End production of Les Miserables in 1985 and built up a close working relationship with theatre producer Cameron MACkintosh, collaborating with him on his subsequent successes Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.
Her other credits include Stephen Sondheim's 1987 Broadway musical Into the Woods and Off Broadway shows Annie Warbucks, a 1993 sequel to Annie, and The Ark, a 2005 musical based on the biblical tale of Noah.
The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.
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