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Anna Crawford Milner Archives and Special Collections

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.

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. Access the transcripts of these oral histories below.

Name Association
Ann Arvia Mary Poppins castmate
Kate Baldwin New Voices, The David Loud Players concert castmate
Beth Blatt The Mistress Cycle writer
Jeff Blumenkrantz Scaffolding (Inner Voices) songwriter
Victoria Clark Scaffolding (Inner Voices) director
Ali Ewoldt Secret Garden castmate
Bert Fink Phantom of the Opera and Secret Garden castmate
Alison Fraser Secret Garden castmate
Sara Gettelfinger Nine castmate
Ann Harada Cinderella castmate
Mary Illes Music Man castmate (Rebecca's understudy)
Christine Toy Johnson Music Man castmate 
Analisa Learning Where's Charley? castmate
Beth Malone Fun Home castmate
Patricia Noonan Where's Charlie? and Death Takes a Holiday castmate
Laura Osnes Cinderella castmate
Alexandra Silber Secret Garden castmate


Rebecca with friends at Aries Birthday Brunch

Aries Birthday Brunch with Rebecca Luker, Cass Morgan, Ann Arvia, Randy Graff, and Ruth Gottschall

Rebecca playing Uno backstage with Step in Time Actors

Mary Poppins Uno Game with Rebecca Luker and the Step in Time Actors

Left: Rebecca Luker and Siri Howard after Siri's first Liesl Performance in Sound of Music; Right: Rebecca Luker and Peter Kevoian in Phantom of the Opera