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Rebecca Luker Oral History Project

Rebecca Luker

About Rebecca Luker

Rebecca Luker, who graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1984, enjoyed a lengthy and distinguished career as a virtuoso actress, concert soloist and recording artist. Her operatic soprano voice led to her starring in nine Broadway musicals, and she was nominated for three Tony Awards. Her work included performances in “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Secret Garden,” “Showboat,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man” and “Mary Poppins.”  She also appeared in a number of acting roles on television including “Law and Order, Special Victims Unit,”  and “The Good Wife”. In addition, she enjoyed teaching master classes and coaching up-and-coming performers. 

A vocal performance major, Luker was previously awarded an honorary doctorate from UM and remained actively involved with UM throughout her life. To honor Luker's memory following her passing in 2020, the University of Montevallo named the stage of its new Center for the Arts after her. Watch this Facebook live recording of the Rebecca Luker Stage Dedication ceremony held on November 18, 2021.

Oral History Transcripts

A digital archive of tributes to Rebecca Luker by co-performers and friends has been created, edited, and donated to the University by Sarah Rebell. Access the transcripts of these oral histories below. 

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Victor Amerling The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins prop supervisor
Fred Applegate The Sound of Music castmate
Farah Alvin Nine and Inner Voices castmate
Ann Arvia Mary Poppins castmate, Spring Birthday Group
John Babcock The Secret Garden castmate
Kate Baldwin concert castmate (New Voices concerts, The David Loud Players) 
Stephanie Bast The Mistress Cycle and Nine (Rebecca's understudy) castmate
Michel Bell Show Boat castmate
Rob Berman associate conductor on Music Man, music director on Passion and Where's Charley?
Lauren Blackman Little Dancer castmate (Rebecca's cover)
Beth Blatt The Mistress Cycle lyricist
Heidi Blickenstaff concert castmate (David Loud Players)
Jeff Blumenkrantz Scaffolding (Inner Voices) songwriter
Sierra Boggess concert castmate
Beowulf Boritt set designer
Liam Burke The Music Man castmate (Dance Captain)
Michael Cerveris Passion and Fun Home castmate
Ted Chapin former President, Rodgers & Hammerstein
Kristin Chenoweth concert castmate
Kimberly Chesser performer, producer, and UM alumna
Victoria Clark Scaffolding (Inner Voices) director
Patti Cohenour The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music castmate
Debbie de Coudreaux Show Boat castmate
Nikki Renee Daniels Nine castmate
Cynthia Demand The Music Man wig supervisor
Janet Dickinson Little Dancer castmate
Katherine Doherty Mary Poppins castmate
Jack Doyle Leave it to Jane and The Music Man castmate
George Dvorsky No, No, Nanette and Time and Again castmate
Daisy Eagan Secret Garden castmate
Kevin Earley Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Russell Easley The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins dresser
Rebecca Eichenberger The Phantom of the Opera, The Boys from Syracuse, and Little Dancer castmate
Melissa Errico concert castmate
Ali Ewoldt Rose in The Secret Garden benefit opposite Rebecca
Bert Fink CCO of MTI Europe, former SVP of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Santino Fontana Cinderella castmate
Alison Fraser The Secret Garden castmate 
Mara Davi Gaines Death Takes a Holiday castmate 
Sara Gettelfinger Nine castmate
Ruth Gottschall The Music Man and Mary Poppins castmate, Spring Birthday Group
Randy Graff Spring Birthday Group
Ann Harada Cinderella castmate
Cynthia Leigh Heim The Music Man castmate (Rebecca's understudy)
Michael Heitzman  "Not Funny" lyricist
Joy Hermalyn Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Siri Howard The Sound of Music castmate
Mary Illes The Music Man castmate (Rebecca's understudy)
Daniel Jenkins Mary Poppins castmate
Christine Toy Johnson The Music Man castmate 
Judy Kaye Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the OperaBrigadoon castmate
Peter Kevoian The Phantom of the Opera castmate
Judy Kuhn Passion and Footloose castmate
Valerie Lau-Kee Mary Poppins assistant stage manager
Analisa Leaming Where's Charley? castmate
Telly Leung recorded Dear Edwina album together
Norm Lewis concert castmate
David Loud music director/arranger
Beth Malone Fun Home castmate  
Samantha Massell Rebecca's Fiddler on the Roof  "stepdaughter"
Catherine Matejka Show Boat associate conductor
Howard McGillin The Secret GardenTime and Again, and Where’s Charley? castmate
Vasthy Mompoint Mary Poppins castmate
Cass Morgan Mary Poppins castmate, Spring Birthday Group
Delaney Moro Mary Poppins castmate
Linda Mugleston Nine and Cinderella (Rebecca's understudy) castmate
Julia Murney The Vagina Monologues and The Mistress Cycle castmate
Patricia Noonan Where's Charley? and Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Kelli O'Hara concert castmate
Laura Osnes Cinderella castmate
Megan Osterhaus Mary Poppins castmate (Rebecca's understudy and replacement)
Jill Paice Where's Charley? and Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Marshall Pailet The Sound of Music castmate
Lauren Patten Fun Home castmate
Tiler Peck The Music Man and Little Dancer castmate
Devynn Pedell Mary Poppins castmate
Mary Beth Peil Nine castmate
Luis Perez Phantom of the Opera and Time and Again castmate
Patricia Phillips The Secret Garden castmate
Mark Price Mary Poppins castmate
Sarah Rebell Rebecca Luker Oral History Project creator, arts journalist, and theatre writer
Ilene Reid “Not Funny” composer
Rommy Sandhu Mary Poppins castmate (Dance Captain)
Saundra Santiago Nine castmate
Susan Schulman The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music director
Matthew Scott concert castmate (David Loud Players)
Michael Siberry Sound of Music and Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Alexandra Silber Rebecca’s Fiddler on the Roof  “stepdaughter”
Lucy Simon Secret Garden composer
Brad Simmons music director and UM alumni
Alexandra Socha Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Don Stephenson Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Emily Loesser Stephenson sang on Rebecca's Cole Porter album
Kevin Stites Nine, Death Takes a Holiday music director
Susan Stroman Show Boat choreographer, The Music Man and Little Dancer director and choreographer
Jennifer Ashley Tepper theatre historian
Kari Thompson The Music Man assistant stage manager
Jason Trubitt Disney Theatricals Production Supervisor, Mary Poppins assistant stage manager 
Jack Viertel Time and Again book writer, The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music producer, former Encores! artistic director
Kay Walbye The Secret Garden castmate
Robert Westenberg The Secret Garden castmate
Sally Wilfert The Mistress Cycle castmate, All the Girls co-creator
Ruth Williamson The Music Man castmate
Michael Winther Fun Home castmate
Maury Yeston Nine and Death Takes a Holiday composer and lyricist
Karen Ziemba Little Dancer castmate

To navigate the slideshow, use the arrow buttons Navigation arrows, right and left, for the photo slideshow in the bottom corner of the screen. To skip to sections of the slideshow, click the Table of Contents Table of Content buttons that looks like bulleted list button.  Then select a section.