Adelaide Laurino, Costume Supervisor for Cats, Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Dead at 74

Obituaries   Adelaide Laurino, Costume Supervisor for Cats, Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Dead at 74 Adelaide Laurino, a longtime wardrobe supervisor for many Broadway Shows, died Sept. 20 at Bayonne Hospital in New Jersey, according to friends and colleagues.

The cause of death was multiple strokes, according to a friend. Ms. Laurino, a Bayonne native born Adelaide Lioi (her surname came from an early marriage), was 74.

She attended the Traphagen School of Fashion, in Manhattan, as well as F.I.T., before turning her eye to Broadway, friends said.

Ms. Laurino worked on Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand, and went on to work personally for Streisand.

A partial list of her credits, since joining the Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE, in 1964, include A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Annie, Sweeney Todd and Evita.

For producer Cameron Mackintosh, she worked on Cats, Song & Dance and the Broadway and national companies of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. Mackintosh said in a statement, "The Great White Way is a little grayer today. Adelaide wasn't just an extraordinary costume supervisor of landmark musical productions…she was a unique and colorful presence. Wherever she decided to be backstage, she became the hub of the theatre. When I did Miss Saigon, most people thought I had the theatre remodeled for the helicopter. It wasn't true. The major work was rebuilding the understage of the Broadway Theatre as a kingdom where Adelaide could work her magic. We will all miss her greatly and love her forever."

Ms. Laurino is survived by her sister Mary Lightfoot of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Services will be held Sept. 23-24 at Miglaiccio Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Boulevard (corner of 33rd Street), in Bayonne. A church service is 9:30 AM Sept. 25 at St. Henry's Church in Bayonne.

Interment is at North Arlington Cemetery.

A memorial service, in Manhattan, is being planned for Oct. 23, which would have been her 75th birthday.