Warren Pincus, Goodspeed Casting Director, Dead at 68

Obituaries   Warren Pincus, Goodspeed Casting Director, Dead at 68
Warren Pincus, who worked on Broadway as both a casting director and press agent, and who was casting director for Connecticut's Goodspeed Musicals for more than a quarter century, died Dec 31 in his home in Manhattan, his friend Ralph Pepe said. He was 68.

Mr. Pincus began his association with Goodspeed in the mid-'70s and he cast more than 150 shows for them. The company, which performs out of the stately Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, is known for lovingly reviving old musicals as well as fostering new ones. Many Goodspeed shows cast by Mr. Pincus made their way to Broadway, including Whoopee! in 1979, The Five O'Clock Girl in 1981, Harrigan 'n' Hart in 1985, Oh, Kay! in 1990, The Most Happy Fella in 1992, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1995 and By Jeeves in 2001. He often expressed pride at having given a first break to actors who went on to successful careers in the theatre. He ended his tenure at Goodspeed shortly after By Jeeves.

"He was fabulous source of artistic judgment," said Michael Price, artistic director of Goodspeed. "He knew every actor in town. He saw every show on Broadway and Off-Broadway. He offered a wealth of information and advice."

Mr. Pincus' earliest Broadway credits were as a press agent. He worked for Broadway publicist Howard Atlee on Edward Albee's Tiny Alice, and with Max Eisen on Minnie's Boys, 70, Girls, 70, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Very Good Eddie and Les Blancs. For a time, he was also head of publicity at the William Morris talent agency.

It was while he was working at the Eisen office that he met Michael Price, who offered him a casting position "out of the blue," as Pepe put it.

Warren Pincus began his career as an actor and worked appeared in two Broadway shows: Zalmen or The Madness of God and a 1978 revival of The Inspector General. He also worked regionally at the Guthrie Theatre. A funeral service was held on Jan. 3.

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