He was 41 and died in his sleep while visiting a friend in L.A., said Seth Rudetsky, a friend and colleague who worked on BC/EFA events with Mr. Albrecht. The cause of death is still unknown.
Mr. Albrecht was in the chorus of Prince's lavish 1994 Broadway revival of Jerome Kern's classic show Show Boat. One year prior to that, he appeared in the short-lived original Broadway musical Ain't Broadway Grand. The Thomas Meehan-Lee Adam-Mitch Leigh musical ran for only 25 performances. Other credits included two separate regional productions of A Chorus Line.
In recent years, Mr. Albrecht began to work as a choreographer at such places as the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY and the Diamond Head Theatre in Honolulu. (His interest in Hawaiian culture was such that he took Hula classes in New York.) He was also involved in the annual Broadway benefit "Broadway Bares."
Mr. Albrecht was professionally connected to Rosie O'Donnell in many capacities. For four years, he was an associate choreographer on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." He went on to choreograph all the shows on O'Donnell's cruises and production numbers on the morning talk show "The View," which O'Donnell joined in 2006.
A native of Montana, he became interested in theatre during his third year at college when a friend encouraged him to try out for a school musical. Survivors include his parents, Ken and Bunky Albrecht, and siblings Denise and Joe.
A Dec. 18 funeral will be in Great Falls, and a Jan. 8 memorial and lu'au will be held in New York. A Honolulu service is pending.