Producer and Webber Associate Brian Brolly Is Dead at 70

Obituaries   Producer and Webber Associate Brian Brolly Is Dead at 70
Brian Brolly, a longtime associate of British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber who late in life became a Broadway producer, died on Oct. 28 in London following a heart attack. He was 70.

Mr. Brolly co-produced four Broadway shows during his last four years as part of the conglomerate Producers Four, which included the late Benjamin Mordecai, as well as Robert G. Bartner and Michael A. Jenkins. The shows were the 2002 revival of Flower Drum Song, a revival of August Wilson Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the drama Sixteen Wounded, and the musical Brooklyn.

Mr. Brolly, who was born in London, began working with Tim Rice and Webber in 1969, when the composing duo were just hitting the big time with Jesus Christ Superstar. He was directly involved in the recording of the concept album that helped spawn the show’s worldwide success. Webber and Mr. Brolly hooked up again in 1978 when the composer asked him to be managing director of the newly formed production company Really Useful Group. As such, he helped put together productions of Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Starlight Express across the globe.

Mr. Brolly sold half his stake in 1986, according to Variety, and divested himself of the rest three years later.

Other productions to his credit include a staging of The Importance of Being Earnest starring Simon Callow.

Brian Brolly was born in London on Oct. 21, 1936. He was the son of Tom Brolly, a Belfast-born footballer who played for Millwall and won four caps for Northern Ireland before the Second World War. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.

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