Dean Jones (Performer) | Playbill

Dean Jones

Performer

Jones, for whom Sondheim wrote "Being Alive," famously left the show within weeks of its opening. He was going through difficulties in his personal life during the show's tryouts, and wanted to leave the show. Hal Prince agreed to let him out of his contract if he would just stay until the opening night, April 26, 1970, and give a great performance to launch the show. Jones wound up playing the role for only a month, though he recorded the original cast album.

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  • Born: Jan 24, 1931 in Decatur, AL
  • Death: Aug 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA
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