Herb Braha, Original Cast Member of Godspell, Dies at 69

Obituaries   Herb Braha, Original Cast Member of Godspell, Dies at 69
Herb Braha, who acted in the original production of Godspell and later founded a costume house that supplied stage and film productions in Los Angeles, died Feb. 6 of congestive heart failure. He was 69.
Herb Braha
Herb Braha

Performing under the name Herb Simon, the Hyannis, MA, native was a member of the ensemble of Godspell, Stephen Schwartz’s pop retelling of the story of Jesus. The show premiered Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. It later transferred to the Promenade Theatre, where it ran for five years before transferring to Broadway.

Mr. Braha’s film and TV credits began shortly thereafter, starting with guest shots on shows like "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries," "Kojak," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Charlie’s Angels," "Soap," "Happy Days," and "Remington Steele."

Later in his career, he went behind the scenes to form Richard the Thread, a fabric house that supplied costume material to stage shows as well as films like for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Iron Man."

Mr. Braha graduated in 1968 with a BFA in drama from Carnegie—Mellon University.

He is survived by his brothers Charles and James, two nieces, a nephew and a grandnephew.

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