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Off-Broadway Producer Blau Dies

24 February 2009 8:10 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Off-Broadway producer Eric Blau has died of pneumonia after suffering a stroke. He was 87.

Blau, best known for his New York theatre tribute to late Belgian singer Jacques Brel, died in Manhattan on 17 February.

As creator and producer of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which opened in 1968, Blau compiled an evening's worth of the star's pop songs, translating his lyrics with composer Mort Shuman into English for American audiences.

The show ran for four years, and followed Blau's work as a poet, children's television producer, ghost writer and his post as founder and editor of Communist literary magazine, Masses and Mainstream.

Blau continued to create and produce Off-Broadway musicals after the success of the Brel production, although none matched the success of the tribute. He also went on to publish several books, including compilations of his poetry.

He is survived by his wife, Elly Stone, sons Matthew, John and Peter, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. »

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