I used to have an inner debate with myself. Am I in denial about my disease? Or am I just an optimist? I now believe I'm an optimist. Miracles can happen!
-Laurie Beechman, as quoted in TheaterWeek, 1995
Take your time browsing the 4 guestbook volumes which are filled with wonderful memories of Laurie Beechman and her work. Before you leave, please be sure to take a moment to sign and add your voice to this site.
July 18, 2008 12:41 PM
from Red Lion, NJ USA
Quite simply the Gold standard for the narrator in Joseph. Incomparable.
July 17, 2008 9:19 PM
from Portland, Maine USA
listening to joseph and thought of her and had to visit her site. thank you for all the beauitful music. you are missed
July 14, 2008 6:42 PM
from Detroit, MI 48219
I was lucky enough to see Ms. Beechman in "Pirates of Penzance" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in NYC. She was incredible, especially in "Joseph..". I got chills listening to her amazing singing. Only Jennifer Holiday, in "Dreamgirls" has had the same effect on me.
I have since tracked down some of Ms. Beechman's wonderful cds. I especially love her Andrew Lloyd Weber cd.
She was an amazingly talanted woman, whose light went out much too soon. May she rest in peace.
June 16, 2008 10:46 AM
Listening Laurie to day, 10 year later she generates always a deep emotion
June 1, 2008 8:19 PM
from chicago il
I have enjoyed Laurie's music for many years - I am still waiting for the tribute show to be aired on television. Let the world know what a true talent Laurie Beechman really is! I have all her c.d.'s and would love to get a copy of her tribute. Nothing like a live caption. So how about giving us Laurie fans something to look forward to.
April 22, 2008 8:41 PM
from Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Laurie and I only got to hang out twice, (we discovered that our parents were friends). She was lovely in every way, and though I didn't really spend much time with her, I miss her and was saddened by her untimely death.
April 18, 2008 11:32 PM
from LAKE WORTH, FL
WHEN I HEARD LAURIE SING IN "ANNIE" IN THE LATE 1970'S,I KNEW SHE WOULD BECOME FAMOUS. WHAT A VOICE..SHE BELTED OUT THE SONGS FROM HER HEART!!
April 5, 2008 12:42 AM
from Los Angeles,California
Darling Laurie, If you listened to my heart, today,your birthday,you'd know it was filled with love and thoughts of you. Your spirit, your soul, and your amazing story continue to inspire those who love you and the glorious gift of your music. Love to you, Claudia and Sue.
April 4, 2008 8:26 AM
I first saw Laurie Beechman in Joseph and fell in love wit her voice. When I was attending Cats I didnt know she was performing then. When I heard the first few strains of Memory the evening was saved. A tragic loss to all who ever were touched by her voice.
April 3, 2008 8:00 PM
from Caesarea, Israel
I saw her first in "Joseph."I was blown away and became a "groupy." I came back the next night with friends and then three more times. I saw her in a Spanish cabaret in New York when she introduced "Listen to my Heart" When I visited the states in 1998 and looked for an upcoming venue I realized what had happened. I was devastated...so young so sad.
March 25, 2008 5:50 AM
from Melbourne Australia
I accidentally got here through searching for images of the Mazzella Family... there are alot of us that are creative types and through neil I stumbled on this wonderful courageous singer... even though you are not here with us ... you still give inspiration and hope ... i wish i had met you ... perhaps i did anyway ! with love and respect Kavisha Mazzella
March 22, 2008 2:30 PM
from South Bend, Indiana
Reading all the comments on the page on this snowy day in South Bend makes me think how blessed we all are that we heard Laurie live or on Cds or the film that people are asking about.
According to my talks with its' producer, the film is only being used, not sold, as a benefit tool for schools who request it through this certian producer. I was hoping that in the future we would could see the magic again.
For the person that asked about the Johnny Carson appearance, that wasn't Laurie. Unfortunatley she didn't appear on the Tonight wioth Johnny. I'm sure that had Mr. Carson heard her voice live right there with him - he would have helped her as he helped so many. I have a tape of her on the Jewish Benefit on TV in '78?? - she's singing "Looking for You" by the Piskanov Brothers (she was recording demos with them at the time as I also working with them) and the Dusty Springfield classic "Who Gets your Love." We both had the same musical director, Marc Malamed. He's also gone - since the mid ninties. What a loss. Marc had many tapes and video of all the broadway/cabaret performers who came through his door to rehearse with him. Laurie, Dee Jamin, Sarah Jessica, Dorothy L, myself, Kim Fedena (a great singer who played Annie during Laurie's years there) Lynn Lello; also all the performers from those Manilow specials Marc produced. Marc also played for Pat Benetar at Good Times on 31st and 3rd ave. Laurie's recording of Walk on By produced by Rupert Holmes. was on the music bos there for years.
Anyway, since i just made my Carnegie Hall debut in Dec 2007; I was thinking - if only Laurie had the medicines we have today, we could have worked together at Carnegie at some point. She was there in spirit, I'm sure. I adored her and she was a big help to me.
Fly high my friend and continure sharing that glorius voice with the angles!.
March 20, 2008 12:35 AM
from Maple Shade, NJ
I sing. I don't know where I would be without your influence.
I got to see you live when you sang the Narrator at the Walnut in '89. I grew up in Collingswood next door to your hometown. I listened to you all through high school. I played the Narrator my senior year.
For all of these reasons I feel connected to you. I still sing - and you are there because you helped teach me. I learned by listening to you.
Listen to my heart, Laurie. You are there too.
It's 10 years since your passing. I dedicate my next performance to you.
March 11, 2008 2:47 PM
from Raleigh, NC
My first exposure to Laurie's incredible talent was as a 7th grader, listening to our High School musical, Mame. I can't begin to describe the energy I felt as she performed. It allowed a skinny little kid afraid of his own shadow to experience the grandeur of life for the first time. I have never forgotten and will always be grateful.
March 11, 2008 10:37 AM
from CHERRY HILL, NJ
WAS REMEMBERING THE LAST TIME I SAW LAURIE (AT THE WESTMONT THEATRE), AND MY HUSBAND TAKING OUR PICTURE,THAT IS SO VERY SPECIAL. SHE WAS, AND STILL IS, SO SPECIAL AND TALENTED TO THOSE OF US WHO KNEW WHO PERSONALLY. I AM SURE, NOW, WITH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO, A LOT MORE PEOPLE WILL BECOME FANS OF HER SPECIAL TALENT. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED. LOVE TO JANE, CLAUDIA,DOLLY AND NEIL
March 11, 2008 6:13 AM
I was lucky enough to see Laurie as Grizabella twice while visiting NY. Living in Florida at the time I had been doing a little variety show with some kids in a residential facility that I worked at. One of the girls sang with a recording of Laurie (From Joseph) because she felt that her voice soared and gave her the confidence to sing. I told Laurie about this at the stagedoor after one of the performance of Cats and she autographed a copy of the playbill with a nice little note to the young lady. A very gracious talented woman that is truely missed.
March 10, 2008 10:34 AM
from Grand Rapids, Michigan/USA
I've known since high school that she was talented, but she far surpassed anything I remembered from her days on the set of "Oklahoma" with her fabulous talent and stage presence.
March 9, 2008 12:13 AM
from Glenside, PA
I had a concert two weeks ago and, as mother would say, "wasn't feeling so hot". Before I went on, I just kept saying a little prayer to you and you answered it, as you always do.
I went to a "house concert" tonight and unexpectedly had a chance to sing. I'm so glad that that was a part of today.
yer loving older sis, Claudia
March 8, 2008 10:19 PM
jane beechman segal
from Elkins Park, PA
Hey Laur - to take refuge from another cold, wet and windy March 8, I took little Dolly, her girlfriend and Claud to the flower show today. Every flower, every fragrance eminated your love and beauty and I'm so grateful that you always find a way to reach me. And litle Dolly and I watched your tapes together the other day and it's undeniable that you've reached her too. Thanks Laur for always being there. Always, yer lovin lil sis xxoo
March 8, 2008 9:26 PM
from Blakeslee, Pa
Too many years. Your light is missed especially today. You needed more time on this earth but we cant question why only embrace the time we had with you. Love you always, Jack & Susan
PS. The star named after you will be a forever reminder of your power and beauty.
March 8, 2008 12:54 PM
Cathy Peters Schweller
from Ventnor, NJ
Thanks to a former classmate, I just discovered this website. I knew Laurie in high school and was friends with her sister, Jane. Also, their mother, Dolly, was my very first acting teacher. In the late 70's, I frequently ran into Laurie on the streets of NYC. After seeing her in "Annie," I recall running into her and gushing over her great performance. Laurie reproached me for not having come backstage after the show. "There aren't many people who share our bond from the past," she told me. In that spirit, I send my best wishes to Jane and family as Laurie's voice continues to touch people all over the world.
March 8, 2008 7:46 AM
from new york
I cant believe its been 10 years today. It feels like it was just yesterday that my dad was working for you. I miss our arts & crafts we used to do together or swimming in your pool. I was 14 at the time, but rememeber everything like it was yesterday. You meant so much to me & my family and atill do. I miss you and that will never change. "We'll, I'd have to hear it again". That was the best impression! ILY Laurie <3
March 8, 2008 3:27 AM
aloha, jane, claudia, ms beechman, and all the extended "ohana" (family).
i was thinking that maybe us "girls" could get together in phila during my visit in late april.
i arrive april 25th and am there til early may. lynne (whose husband, bill, passed away april 10th, last year) will be able to be there on that first weekend. and...wow!!...my nephew (her son, ryan) lives in phila, has a new baby (!), the greatest wife, and will set us up for a great place to meet in northern liberties, if that works for you?
i was thinking we could just keep it small -- claudia, jane, dolly, ... -- or we could do the "sisters" thing (raineys, geisslers --- geez, i can't even remember how to spell their names!!!) -- kids grandkids, extend whoevers, and all!...whatever works best for you!
my emai is firstname.lastname@example.org. i'd love for you to meet my hubbie, alastair (he met laurie-- was soo sweet tonight while i watched her Utube stuff and cried...) years ago in NYC.
anyway let's see whats going on for you and see if we can connect in phila , maybe april 26th would be good (i'd get over jet lag a little and not look 100% unrecognizable. oh, never mind. i'll be unrecognizable anyway.) or the next weekend or whatever...
ahhhh.... miss laurie after all these years -- and her mom and sisters, too!
hope to hear from you soon,
March 7, 2008 2:13 PM
from Jackson, Tennessee, USA
Heard Laurie first in HTHS school productions and you knew she had something special. I knew she was on Broadway but did not know of her passing. Tell Jane and her family how sorry I am.
March 7, 2008 11:56 AM
Barbara (McCullough) Schneck
from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
I had no idea. Shock! I am speechless.