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.
Beechman - 03/08/99 02:35:19
Location (city/state/country): Elkins Park, PA
Laur, Tomorrow will be a year since you left us. We all miss you so much,
Sue & Jack Celona - 03/02/99
Location (city/state/country): Elmsford ny
Hi Janie, We have tried to E-mail you in reply to your entires on this website
but it has not worked for some reason. Jack & I would love to talk to
you. We are really happy that Claudia is so successful. I can not believe
a year is gone. It has been very sad for us. We love Laurie very much. Please
email me so we can talk.. Love Sue & Jack
jane beechman segal - 02/27/99
Hi, Laur, it's Jane. Just checking up on the love notes and having a brief
visit. You were right, as always! no one is alone. Thank God your voice is
so strong and clear to reach me every day. Our kids miss you so. You'd be
so proud of them. Well, love to you up there, pennyface, thanks for sta ing
Barri - 02/21/99 23:13:26
I was one of the first people to sign Laurie's guestbook (volume 1) after
she passed away and I felt compelled to write again. I still love Laurie,
and I wanted her family, friends and fans to know that I gave birth to my
first child, a son, on October 4, 1998, and Laurie's CD's were playing in
the background throughout the whole labor and delivery!! It was so calming
and soothing, and most importantly, inspiring, to have her "there with me",
and it made a memorable day absolutely perfect!! Even the doctors and nurses
commented on what a lovely voice she had, and my son is always soothed when
I play her music to him. So, for whatever it's worth, Laurie lives on in
my heart and my home, in so many ways, every day of my life. And I will never
forget how fortunate I was to have gotten a chance to see her both in several
b'dway shows, but also at Rainbow and Stars several times. I know she is
singing for us all always!!
robin - 02/19/99 22:23:44
Location (city/state/country): Wales
I love your website. I visit it as often as I can. Make sure to update it
Kim Baughman - 02/18/99 21:26:54
Richard Finbow - 02/18/99
Location (city/state/country): Denver/Co./USA
I met Laurie first in Boston when she picked me as Boston's Best cat in a
contest at a nightclub.The prize was two tickets to see Cats at the Schubert
theatre(at the time i could not afford tickets). That was when I fell in
love with her voice. I followed her career and met here again in the 80's
when she was doing cabaret at the Ballroom in NYC. I will never forget that
after the show she still remembered me from Boston. I just found out a coworker
of mine has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I told he of laurie's brave
fight and gave her my CD No one is Alone and she found great comfort and
hope from listening to it.Even though Laurie has passed, her Memory,Hope,Life
will live on and on. Thank you, Rick
rob klaus - 02/14/99 03:16:36
Location (city/state/country): Comfort, Texas (Kendall County)
sent note to webmaster
Billy Johnstone - 02/02/99
Location (city/state/country): NYC
When i was 13 yrs old I came to NYC to see my first Broadway show...CATS.
To this day i can vividly remember the moment Laurie sang "Touch Me.." It
changed my life forever and so did CATS. From that moment on i new that i
wanted to work on Broadway... My Goal = CATS... My Dream = working with Laurie
Beechman. In April 1997 i reached my goal and made my Broadway debut in CATS...in
May 1997 my dream came true when Laurie joined the company as the show broke
the record. Working with her was nothing less tha spectacular and will definately
be one of the highlights of my career. I feel truly blessed to have shared
the stage with someone who inspired me and who will continue to inspire young
performers for generations to come.
Georgine Schaefer - 01/28/99
Location (city/state/country): Gales Ferry, CT USA
About two weekends ago I made my boyfriend listen to my CD of the original
B'way cast of "Joseph." I kept saying to him, "Listen to her. Isn't she great?"
I went upstairs to my "boxes" and dug out my Playbill from 1982 when I saw
Laurie in "Joseph" and went down memory lane. I wondered where she was and
what she was doing - making a mental bookmark to search her on the web. Two
weeks later, today, I get around to doing just that. I had my sister, who
also loved this remarkable voice, on the phone at he same I found out she
had died. We both felt so sad. We had no idea and it happened a long time
ago now. We had seen her perform and I listen to my "Joseph" CD all the time.
This was the only time I cursed the internet for bringing me bad news. Peo
le pass all the time - loved ones and strangers but it is those with the
extraordinary gift called talent that bind us together in this thing called
humanity and have the power to cross continents, oceans, political and religious
differences and race. Th nk you Laurie Beechman for having been. G.
Mark - 01/14/99 20:57:58
Location (city/state/country): Hershey, PA
When I was 12 years old my parents took my brothers and me to see our first
broadway show. We had never possessed a true passion for musical theater,
however, we were looking forward to this little known production entitled
"Joseph and the Amazing Techn color Dreamcoat". Sixteen years later we still
comment on the incredible performance of "that woman who played the Narrator."
Laurie Beechman touched my family with her music. My mother cried, my father
cheered, and my brothers and I became fans of the theatrical world.
Deborah Nowlin - 01/12/99
Location (city/state/country): Kansas City,KS
I have so many wonderful memories of you. Sitting in my apartment in Manhattan,
painting the loft in Chelsea for the Brits,Sunning out in Long Beach and
just meeting after rehearsals for Pirates. I remember I made you shrimp salad
while you were recording the Sighs album and you had to have the recipe so
you could make it again. You were so nervous the night of the Tony's but
you looked fab. We shared so many things, talked for so many nights - sometimes
the whole night - and you were always so honest with your words. We hugged
and cried and laughed alot. I miss you old friend even though we went seperate
directions after I left NY. I came to see you in Cats and I cried. I will
always value the years we had together and how delightful and warm you were.
Loo down and say hello, I'll wave back!
Gail Seaman - 12/26/98 02:18:06
Location (city/state/country): Long Lake, Ny USA
Matthew - 12/14/98 22:32:48
Location (city/state/country): Kansas City
I think she was a wonderful person and had a very beautiful voice. Her memory
will live forever...
darryl & michael - 12/02/98
Location (city/state/country): boston,ma USA
we are deeply saddened by laurie's death. how such a beautiful voice can
be silenced too soon is a tragedy.
- 11/29/98 01:02:00
Ash B. - 11/27/98 15:42:07
Location (city/state/country): Clearwater, FL
I have only heard Laurie sing three times- once in the performance of Cats
when she sang the part of Grizzabella.And once on TV, and once in my chorus
class.When I heard her belt out those notes, I wished so much to sound like
her.She had a voice like no ther I had ever heard.If you had asked me, I
would have probably said she was an angel. But, when the day came and I heard
that she had died, I could not stop crying.I was over whelmed with sorrow
and hate.Sadness that she had gone, and hate that she had to get cancer.But
I then relized it wasn't her fualt, and she had done her best. She wa really
someone special, and to this day I still cry when I think of her, but I also
remember all the great things she did when she was still with us.She was
surely an angel. With Lots Of Love; Ash B.
Judith Andorfer - 11/22/98
I feel sad about the fact that I only discovered Laurie's enormous talent
in the year before her tragic death. She was a remarkable artist. I am confident
that the beauty of her art will live on and inspire many othrs to pursue
their dreams and fight thei battles as she did.She will continue to be a
source of comfort and inspiration to me. Brava, Laurie!
- 11/21/98 22:35:52
Lindsay - 11/17/98 22:25:21
Location (city/state/country): Franklin, WI, USA
Great job to one of the best performers in the BEST production of cats.
Michael Weber - 11/10/98
Location (city/state/country): Killeen, Texas
I saw Laurie Beechman in Cats in 1988. The memory of her voice lingered in
my mind. Having never paid attention to the program (I was there for my Wifes
Benefit) I had no idea who the enchanting voice belonged to. Durin a performance
of LEs Miserables I w s struck by a voice. I was certain it was the same
one that was in my mind from Cats. My wife steadfastly refuted this and during
intermission we checked our program. In creabily I was correct. My "tin"
ear hadn't lied. I was actually able to appreciate s me vocal talent. I moved
to Texas and have not heard that voice thet voice in Years. When I saw that
Laurie Beechman was to sing in Austin for a show, I attempted to get tickets.
But the date was not a good one for me, I would be away. Had I known that
the Austin show would be the last time I would be able to hear her sing I
would have cancelled that meeting. I lokked this page up hoping to find a
listing of when she will be back in town and was shocked and grieved to find
what I did. I appreciate the effort that has gone into this project. It is
very thoughtful for you to create this site and it is very helpful for those
of us who will never hear her voice again in person. Thank you all. Michael
- 11/08/98 22:02:04
darren clements - 11/07/98
Location (city/state/country): rolla, mo.-usa
i was so sorry to hear about lauries death....i always wanted to be a broadway
singer when i was growing up....i was always belting out show tunes much
to my brothers and sisters' dismay.....anyway, laurie led the life i wanted
for myself, and when i was ucky enough to hear her sing, i would close my
eyes and pretend i was her.....she just sang so beautifully.....now that
she is gone i find myself singing "memory" all day long.....maybe i'll one
day get out of these ozark backwoods and get to broadway...i only in my
M.Myers - 11/04/98 18:47:43
I stumbled onto this site while looking for sites about "Cats". I realised
that Laurie is probably who I saw at the Shubert in L.A. Although I'm not
certain. If She is, I remember her performance was so incredibly moving that
she received repeated standing ovations. I'm deeply soory to hear that Broadway
and all the theatre world has lost such a vibrant talent. thankyou to whomever
is maintaining this page
Gary Sticht - 11/03/98 22:08:53
Location (city/state/country): Salt Lake City, UT
I have only known of Laurie and her wonderful voice for a few short months.
She has changed my life, and a part of me died when I learned of her passing.
My only hope is that I can share her gift with others in the hope that their
lives can be touched i the way that she has touched mine. May her legacy
and voice live on forever.
Paul Condron - 11/01/98 21:28:50
Location (city/state/country): Dublin, Ireland
I only met you for a short while when you played the Manor Lounge in Wildwood
NJ with the Destiny Trio. I remember a vital, beautiful and talented person.From
the sound of things, you never changed and went on to master your world.
While we didn't really et to know one another that year, I have never forgotten
you. Sleep well.
- 11/01/98 02:14:07
Cool page Thanks for letting me sign your guestbook
Linda L. - 10/23/98 01:41:10
Location (city/state/country): New York
I had the incredible opportunity to see Michael Crawford in the Andrew Lloyd
Webber concert. Needless to say I was mesmerized by his singing. However,
I did not expect to be brought to tears by Ms. Beechman and her version of
Memory. It was one of thos magic moments that burst into flame and are gone
in a flash. I regret never having the opportunity to see her perform again.
The theater world has lost a great talent with a beautiful voice, but Heaven
has gained.. I love the theater and will long rem mber my brief encounter
with an incredible voice. My sincere good wishes and prayers to her friends
and family. "Let the Memory Live Again"
Kelly Briggs - 10/23/98
Location (city/state/country): New York, New York
Having worked with Laurie last year for 3 months in the Broadway Production
of "Cats", I was fortunate enough to ride with her on the tire to the Heavyside
Layer. These memories will live on.
Jane Beechman Segal - 10/23/98
Location (city/state/country): Melrose Park, PA
As Laurie's sister, I want to acknowledge and thank everyone who has visited
Laurie's web site and signed the guest book. It is a great comfort for our
family to realize how profoundly Laurie's life and music affected so many
people in so many wonderful ays. As our mother, Dolly, has always said, we
have been truly blessed. Warmest regards to all and please, keep listening
Genevieve Lessard - 10/20/98
Location (city/state/country): Norwalk, CT, USA
I am newly interested by the musical theatre (about 2 years from now) and
I didn't know it, but Laurie sang on the very first CD I bought: Joseph.
It is so strange to surf on the Internet and learn that the first voice you
heard in a musical passed away. I just want to tell you how I am sorry, and
how, without even knowing it, I appreciated Laurie.
Graeme Watson - 10/19/98
Location (city/state/country): Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Ben Preston - 10/15/98 19:10:49
Location (city/state/country): Clinton, Mississippi
Thank you for the opportunity to share what Laurie Beechman has meant to
me. Her solo work and cast recordings have brought me great joy over the
last several years, and I know that she still lives within me when I play
her CD's and hear her glorious voice again. She inspires me and truly makes
me feel that "No One Is Alone".
- 10/15/98 03:01:14
Kori Barnett - 10/10/98 00:41:12
Location (city/state/country): Bend Oregon
Dear Laurie. I saw you in Annie. I have the Annie broadway cast CD. NYC LOVE
KORI BARNETT ANNIE ROCKS!
Jeff Zimmerman - 10/08/98 19:40:00
Location (city/state/country): Yardley, PA
I was privileged to grow up with Laurie and see her talent blossom. She was
always passionate about issues. I have bragged to my children that I appeared
on stage with Laurie in our high school production of "Guys And Dolls". She
carried us, naturally. I last saw Laurie at the benefit concert she performed
for Doug Wing. It was a wonderful evening. The weather was terrible but the
place was packed. I was so encouraged because she looked and sang so well
that night. I echo everyone's sentiments...sh will be missed.
Leslee - 10/06/98 19:15:06
Location (city/state/country): nyc,ny
I first heard Laurie on the original Bway recording of joseph, iloved the
musical but all i could think everytime i popped the cd in was, man, what
a voice that woman has got! i've loved laurie since that time and was extremely
sad to her of her death. 'm glad to see so many other people loved and
appreciated her as well.
marycolleen seip - 09/25/98
Location (city/state/country): chicago, il.
A young friend of mine attending the Chicago Academy of Arts asked me a couple
years ago if I had heard the voice of Laurie Beechman. As I had made it a
point to introduce him to favorite vocalists of mine I had to admit that
I hadn't. So off to the mus c store I went in search for my own cd of this
chanteusse. With gratitude I have listened to her over and over and with
each listening have found yet another gem to discover. As with many other
of her admirers I too have given the gift of Laurie to my f iends and it
was actually one of those friends who informed me of her death. I felt like
I had just lost a good friend. Perhaps that's what makes Laurie's gift so
special. Her music is accessible to all listerners (provided of course that
they have a h art), because there is not question that her music is centered
in her heart. I have to use the present tense because as long as CDs exist,
her music - as her spirit will live on. I can just see her soloing in that
chorus of angels!
robert stump - 09/22/98
Location (city/state/country): philadelphia,pa
nice webb sit thanks
Peter DePasquale - 09/19/98
Location (city/state/country): Williamsport, PA USA
"No One Is Alone".... Laurie's last CD... Truly is an excellent memorial
to her enduring talent to give hope, inspiration and encouragement to those
who hear her voice. I have given this CD to many of my friends and associates
who seem to be in need of so e encouragement. If you have not hear Laurie
on thos ablum.... you have not hear Lauire at her very best.
Maria - 09/14/98 13:46:48
Location (city/state/country): Philly
I have seen Laurie live in Philadelphia twice in Les Mis. I saw her during
her first tour to the city in 1990 I suppose. All I remember is the emotion
I felt during "I Dreamed a Dream." I was very young and she moved me to tears
more than once. I had he privilege and great fortune to see Laurie again
in 1997 when she toured with the Les Mis cast. I was thrilled.
Kyboy- Lshaw - 09/13/98 22:36:24
Location (city/state/country): orlando,fl
Barbara Shellmer - 09/06/98
Location (city/state/country): Somerville,Ma.U.S.A.
KC - 08/29/98 18:27:11
Location (city/state/country): Campbell, CA
To others who, like me, discovered Laurie through one of her more recent
CDs - please do yourselves a favor and see the Recordings section of this
web site for information on where to find the older ones. My CD player is
usually filled with the 4 solo albums and "Joseph". If I replace one, it
doesn't take long to miss it! Thank you again, Faith, for helping to keep
Laurie's legacy alive for her current and future fans.
Phil Glickman - 08/28/98
Location (city/state/country): rochester, NY
Thank you for maintaining this page. I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie
when she and my cousin, Edie Cowan, were in Annie together. We met two or
three times at Gallagher's after performances when I was in NYC. The energy!
It hurts to think she wi l not do another album or another show.
Bobby Golibart - 08/27/98
Location (city/state/country): Irving, Texas
ricky lee - 08/27/98 09:49:52
Location (city/state/country): philippines
i am a scriptwriter. i have all of laurie's cd's and even if i haven't met
her when she was alive i feel that i know her very well through her music,
which has always touched me. i feel very fortunate to have known her music
since two years ago, and will lways feel fortunate because i know that her
music will always be there. i only found out about her death this afternoon
by accident while surfing via sam harris' website. i was really shocked and
saddened. but humbled at the same time at the realization of how much she
has made of her life.
Kira - 08/24/98 01:43:05
I saw Laurie playing Grizzabella and her performance made me shiver. I used
to play Joseph over and over again when I was a little girl and i wanted
to grow up to be a belting alto just like her. I did not know that she had
died until i stumbled across his webpage. What a loss! My condolances to
Timothyne Shanti - 08/22/98
Location (city/state/country): Florida, usa
I am shocked that a woman so full of life and magic is gone. It leaves an
empty place in my heart and pity for The Stage-- it will miss her for
dan damiani - 08/21/98 15:02:11
Location (city/state/country): college park md usa
by contacting your website i just learned of laurie's death. laurie has had
a profound impact on my life. it was her voice that led me to the stage.
As of the moment I am theatre major at the university of maryland and one
of there finest bass/baritone . I owe laurie my passion and dreams of one
day being on the stage like her. thank you for having this wonderful site
and honoring her memory and our futures with it. love dan
Little Jellicle - 08/10/98
Location (city/state/country): USA
Laurie had a golden voice that seemed to go on forever. And it always will.
Her role as Grizabella in CATS seemed even more powerful because she was
feeling the same hurt as Grizabella. Laurie has certainly left us with an
everlasting " Memory" !! Little Jellicle
Kelly Tucker - 08/09/98 13:06:41
Location (city/state/country): Wheeling/WV/USA
Shawn Collins - 08/07/98
Location (city/state/country): Wheeling, WV USA
I am truly saddened to hear of Laurie's death..... i dicovered her long ago
and have been a fan since then. I listen to her music daily. Prayers to her
DAVE THOMPSON - 08/04/98 22:10:09
Location (city/state/country): phoenix/arizona/usa
wow..what a talented person...i admire her and have never seen her work.
ive been studying for a long time and of course dream of such successes.
Death is very confusing to me and seeing this adds to my personal demons
of aspiring for such greatness to have it all end...her work yet does serve
as an inspiration. im moved.
Karen Draper - 08/01/98 21:06:41
Location (city/state/country): West Sussex, England
Whilst on holiday in Los Angeles, i picked up a CD by Laurie Beechman. To
be honest, i had never heard of her before, but i was told by the store assistant
that she was a brilliant broadway singer. On my return i played it for the
first time...I was blown away. I was particularly moved by her recording
of 'You'll never walk alone'. I sang this song at my own fathers funeral
when i was eighteen. I was told that Laurie was ill. Everytime i perform
this song now, I sing it to her for having reached my heart s deeply with
her thoroughly emotive voice. On my return to the states this year, I heard
that Laurie had died...i didn't even know her but it affected me so deeply.
She will always be in my heart. what a huge talent to leave behind. She will
always be nee ed.
Jay L. Segal - 08/01/98 02:28:51
Location (city/state/country): Phila. PA 19103
Laurie was a special member of our extended family being my brother's sister
in law. We also shared roles as Godparents of our nephew Julian Ross Segal,
son of Steven and Jane Beechman Segal. I loved hearing Laurie sing and will
always remember a special vening shared with a special friend dying of AIDS
listening to her sing at The Ballroom in Manhattan. Laurie's love of life
was contagious and inspirational. Love, Jay L. Segal
Judy Goldenberg,Michelle Farber
- 07/31/98 20:23:31
Location (city/state/country): Los Angeles,California
Dear Faith,Thank you for the wonderful website compiled with such dignity,
love and beauty for the incomparable Laurie Beechman. Those of us who admire
Laurie, and so adore her work are grateful, to you,for this ongoing celebration
of her talent and legacy.
Judy Goldenberg - 07/31/98
Location (city/state/country): Los Angeles, California
Yvonne - 07/27/98 04:29:28
Location (city/state/country): Greenville,SC
Karla - 07/24/98 15:06:17
Location (city/state/country): Baton Rouge, La
When I heard Laurie sing "Memory" on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" I was
mezmerized. I had never ever heard it sung with such passion and from such
an incredible talent. I rushed out to find her CD. A couple of weeks ago
I introduced Laurie and her wonderful voice to a dear friend of mine who
is also a music lover. (Hi Kel!!) She was upset with me because I had not
told her about Laurie before!! We found this site on the net and were stunned
to find that this world has lost such an incredible talent. She truly had
a gift and she blessed the lives of so many of us by sharing it. My sympathy
to her family for their loss and my gratitude to them for sharing her with
Joseph - 07/18/98 05:34:21
Location (city/state/country): New Orleans, Louisiana
She was truely a great actress, and will be missed.
Tony Swanick, Congressman Fox -
Location (city/state/country): Washington, D.C., United States
My Boss, Congressman Jon Fox of Pennsylvania, introduced The Laurie Beechman
Memorial Act on July 14, 1998. This two-bill package was designed to augment
an earlier piece of legislation he sponsored which will provide an additional
$90 million for researc into ovarian cancer (the disease which took Laurie
Beechman's life). The two bills which compose The Laurie Beechman Memorial
Act are: 1) HR 4199 -- The Laurie Beechman Ovarian Cancer Commemorative Coin
Act -- This legislation will authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to mint
and issue up to 350,000 $1 coins that would be legal tender and would bear
the likeness of Laurie Beechman. Th coins will have a $9 surcharge and the
proceeds would be directed to Gilda's Club. 2) HR 4200 -- The Ovarian Cancer
Information and Education Act -- This bill will increase funding for educational
and outreach programs including those which provide information to both the
person with the illness as well as their famly. It will provide $ 0 million
for each fiscal year from 1999 through 2003 in addition to any funds which
have already been earmarked for that purpose throught the usual appropriations
process. On the day the bills were introduced, Congressman Fox played proud
host to members of Laurie's family including her husband, Neil Mazzella,
her parents, Dolly Beechman Schnall and Dr. Nathan Schnall and her sisters
Claudia and Jane. Also joining us in Was ington were her longtime friend
and agent, Jim Wilhelm and friends and colleagues ranging from those who
knew her in New Jersey where she was born to those who worked with her in
Philadelphia, on Broadway and across the nation. Flags were flown over the
U S. Capitol Building in her honor and plans were discussed for a fundraising
event in New York City and a benefit concert at the historic Walnut Street
Theatre in Philadelphia. As Congressman Fox said at the press conference
announcing The Laurie Beechman Memorial Act, "Laurie Beechman never did anything
halfway, she never settled for second best and she demanded excellence from
herself and those around her. That is the spirit w th which we are introducing
The Laurie Beechman Memorial Act -- as a comprehensive approach that will
lead us to the inevitable defeat of ovarian cancer. Today is truly a day
of celebration. For tday marks the beginning of the darkest hours for this
insid ous killer which has preyed on thousands of women. The line has been
drawn here and now we will begin to turn the tide. "This landmark legislation
will help provide the resources we need to raise awareness about ovarian
cancer even as we outreach to those impacted by this deadly disease," Congressman
Fox said. "At the same time, we can honor one of the finest Broadway perf
rmers to have ever graced the stage. As brilliant as Laurie Beechman was
as a singer, her spirit soared to even greater heights and lifted us all
along with her. She was, for nine years, an inspiration for other women and
their families who were fighting he same battle. And while Laurie may have
lost her battle in March, she may, in the long run, help us win the war.
The dictionary defines hope as a wish or desire accompanied by confident
expitation of its fulfillment. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, 'Hope has
as many lives as a cat or a king.' If that is true, then Laurie Hope Beechman
lived the many lives of a wife daughter, sister, singer, actress, lover,
comforter, friend and a feline named Grizabella. Laurie defined hope in a
different way from most. Hope sprang from her with a natural fluidity as
did her music. It was compelling, it was direct, it was dynamic . .... It
was, after all, her middle name." If you would like more information on The
Laurie Beechman Memorial Act or the events planned in support of it, please
feel free to contact me.
Segal - 07/14/98 19:34:17
Location (city/state/country): philadelhia PA and College Park, MD
Although I only met Laurie a few times, I was deeply touched by her voice
and music. Although her connection to my family is marriage and not blood,
I was always very proud of her accomplishments and I was always very excited
to hear about everything she as doing. SHe was and still remains a great
source of pride and joy for my family and she will bne remembered and missed
always. Love, JEN SEGAL
Lora Carbonara - 07/08/98
Location (city/state/country): NY
I fell in love with her in Cats. I actually was to name my Cat "Grizabella"
until I found out he was a male, so his name is "Mistoffollees". I will never
Vivienne Conner - 07/06/98
Location (city/state/country): Danville, PA
I'm sorry that I never followed Ms. Beechman's career. What I do know is
that I saw Joseph many years ago and never forgot it. I bought the cassette
tape of the show. I still have it in my car, only it was wearing out very
badly. I put it on my "CD Wish List." When my husband and I CD shop we carry
that list---only I found that there were several Joseph versions! I HAD to
get the right one. Finally, I compared tape to CD and got the right one.
I read the cast list for the people I have spent years singing along with.
I sit here tonight, listening to Laurie Beechman and the rest of the cast
on my new CD, surfing the net and found my way here--what a wonderful site,
tribute and woman. I intend to listen to more of her work now.
Martin Brisebois - 06/28/98
Location (city/state/country): Brossard,Quebec,Canada
I was looking for some info on the web for "Cats" the musical and also to
find out who was the artist I saw a couple of years ago on Donahue Show singing
"memory". I remember that she told Phill that she had cancer. When I found
your web page, I was deepl sadden to discover that Laurie was departed. I
only saw her for one hour on Donahue and I was deeply move by her story about
how she was fighting cancer and at the same time enjoying life with her new
husband and continuing her career. But when she inter reted "Memory" during
the show, I was astonished by the quality of her voice. Indeed, Broadway
as lost a great performer ! I'am happy to be able to possess the 4 cd's Laurie
made because I will be able to remember her through her songs and foremost
the beautiful and gifted voice she had. Thank you Faith for your well designed
web page on Laurie. Keep up the good work! Martin Brisebois
Bonnie Bowman - 06/21/98 15:14:42
Location (city/state/country): Lebanon,PA
I had the great pleasure of hearing Laurie sing in a venue very close to
my home. She did several benefit concerts for the Mt. Gretna Playhouse, where
I understand her husband proposed to her. I cherish my memories of her
performances and know that her pirit and talent will live in my heart.
Shirley A. Miller - 06/16/98
Location (city/state/country): Everett, WA ( Seattle )
Laurie Beechman's performances & beautiful voice touched my very soul!
I am originally from Philadelphia, my beloved home town, now relocated to
the West coast. Not a week goes by without one of Laurie's CD's blaring from
my stereo! My husband & I had the good fortune of seeing Laurie perform
3 times! We were true fans & proud to have known a real Philadelphia
" treasure "! Our prayers & thoughts go out to her family & friends!
Bless you all!
Shirley A. Miller - 06/16/98
Fran Cegnar - 06/15/98 14:59:10
Location (city/state/country): Lexington, KY
A friend recommended Laurie's CD "Listen to My Heart" as a possible song
for my wedding. When I heard the song, I knew immediately it was perfect
and her voice touched me so deeply. The song exemplified our relationship
and Laurie's voice brought the so g into my heart. We were married in November,
1997. I was so saddened to hear of Laurie's death. I admire her strength
and tenacity. Even for those of us who never knew her, her example and music
have given her a place with us forever. Especially fo me, my special day
was made more perfect by her message in song. Thank you Laurie for sharing
your gift so beautifully and courageously.
Rob Davis - 06/11/98 02:51:40
Location (city/state/country): Ringwood, NJ, USA
What a wonderful career ! What a remarkable talent. What an unfortunate loss.
We will miss you.
Kristen - 06/09/98 23:52:55
Location (city/state/country): NYC
I first heard Laurie's voice when I was cast as Annie in the show of the
same name when I was 10. I have always looked up to her and have been very
lucky to play some of the same roles she originated including The Star to
Be in Annie 3 years ago. She is s meone who I have always looked up to. Sadly,
she died on my birthday. Her voice and her strong spirit will be missed.
Evelyn R. Behrend - 06/09/98
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia, PA
I made it my point to see Laurie perform on any occasion I could. I've been
a long time fan, and am truly heartbroken that her inspirational voice has
been stilled. All those who have borne witness to her talent and later to
her incredible courage will carry her in their hearts forever. As long as
her recordings exist, her voice will never be silent.
a.j. teshin - 06/04/98 20:03:13
Location (city/state/country): los angeles, ca
I met Laurie in 1992 after her concert at the 92nd Street Y in New York.
As I waited to shake her hand and introduce myself, I began chatting with
Faith. Soon, we were all talking, and among the three of us, I was designated
photographer since I had a ca era. We all took photos and enjoyed more chit
chat, and afterwards had a brief mail correspondence. Even though Laurie
didn't know me well at all when she was alive, I trust that if she is privy
to a glimpse of Earth from wherever she is now, she has disc vered me. Since
her death, she pops into my mind everytime I sit down to have a singing session.
Her spirit is the secret weapon I keep in my pocket whenever I begin to doubt
my talents. I have rarely been influenced by anyone as much as Laurie Beechman.
Not her particular vocal style,(since i'm male) but the courageous and incredible
amount of power and passion she threw into every performance. Once Laurie
had sung a song, it immediately became the definitive version, no matter
how old the song was. A a performer, I know that if I can someday move someone
in my audience the same way she has moved me, I will feel truly blessed.
Bruce Uchitel - 06/04/98 15:37:52
Location (city/state/country): Wantage,N.J.- USA
I had the great opportunity to work w/ Laurie as a guitarist, & even
though I knew of her illness, I was devastated to learn of her passing. Not
just a marvelous performer, She was truly an example of just how the brightly
the human spirit can shine.
Pamela Sarandan - 06/03/98
Location (city/state/country): Oklahoma City, OK
I have followed Laurie's career since the mid-80's when my job required me
to travel to New York and stay weeks at a time. The first time I heard her
sing, I couldn't get enough of her clear, beautiful and powerful voice. She
made my visits to NY more ple sureable and I always left the theaters feeling
uplifted. I was shocked to hear of her death, but am so thankful to have
her music and memories to enjoy. God bless Laurie's family.
Zebi Mirza - 06/02/98 18:55:50
Location (city/state/country): Canada
You have a nice website and it is full of usefull info. It helpedme with
one of my killer assignments. It would be nice if you addad some mre pictures
of the shows themselves.
Jenifer kruskamp - 05/30/98
Location (city/state/country): nyc
I ONLY MET HER ONCE. AND YET I HAVE LOVED HER VOICE FROM THE FIRST TIME I
HEARD HER SING. WHEN I LIVED IN CALIFORNIA I DROVE UP TO SACRAMENTO TO SEE
HER IN "FUNNY GIRL" SHE WAS PHENOMENAL! I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIE HAIR. BUT
MOST OF ALL, HER HAUNTING RENDI ION OF "MEMORY" IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE. HER
VOICE WAS PURE AND STRONG.AND IT WAS SOMETIMES HARD TO BELIVE THAT SUCH A
BIG VOICE COULD COME FROM SUCH A SMALL PERSON. NONETHELESS, IT WAS A THRILLING
EMOTIVE VOICE THAT FILLED MANY HEARTS (AND HALLS!! ) LAURIE WILL BE SORELY
MISSED THROUGHOUT THE THEATER AND CABARET WORLDS. I ADMIRED HER COURAGE AND
DETERMINATION AND WILL TO LIVE. AND I'VE NO DOUBT THAT SHE IS UP ABOVE SINGING
WITH THE ANGELS. AND FEELING NO PAIN. I WISH I COULD HAVE KNOWN HER BETTER
FOR SHE WA QUITE A REMARKABLE WOMAN.
Dolly Beechman Schnall - 05/30/98
Location (city/state/country): Wyndmoor, PA
With a profound sense of everlasting gratitude, I wish to thank the wonderful
people who are filling the pages of the Laurie Beechman Guest Book, which
now includes volummes one and two. I shall always hold fast in my deepest
heart your messages of love or my daughter, and I give thanks to Faith Burwasser
most especially for making the guest book tribute possible. With abiding
friendship and affection, Dolly Beechman Schnall.
!-- REMOTE ADDR: 184.108.40.206 -->christine cardinal - 05/26/98
Location (city/state/country): peterstown,west virginia,usa
I listen to Laurie sing the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at least every week.
Her voice was so special! It saddens me to hear of her bout with cancer.
It is our loss, but God's gain; as she no doubt is singing for He. My deepest
condolences to her fam ly.
HEart Beat - 05/20/98 19:13:12
Location (city/state/country): Singapore
Just surfing around. Hope U can visit me.
Jim Willemet - 05/20/98 05:33:25
Location (city/state/country): New Orleans, LA
I only found out recently about Laurie's untimely passing. Once I heard my
first recording I was hooked. What a magnificent voice -- on all her albums
there is not one selection I dislike. My condolences to her friends and family.
I feel your loss. Laurie must have been a truly beautiful person.
@nNe - 05/19/98 19:51:47
Location (city/state/country): north carolina
i just finish the community theater production of "Joseph and the Amazing
Tecnocolor Dreamcoat" sorry to say the night i auditioned was the 8th of
march i would like to say that ms. beechman was a great person and good role
Vince Trimboli - 05/19/98
JoAnne - 05/16/98 03:07:19
I first became interested in Laurie about two years ago. Her album of A.L.
Webber songs caught my eye in a store. Her beautiful voice and songs of
inspiration touched me as well as many of my close friends. She will be surly
missed, but she will live o forever in her songs, our hearts and prays, and
in the hearts of all she touched. Thank you Laurie, I'll never forget you.
Lance Uyeda - 05/15/98 01:36:57
Location (city/state/country): Los Altos CA 94024
I first heard Laurie in her Andrew Lloyd Webber CD, and especially love her
version of Love Changes Everything. her singing and pure love is music is
what captured my attention, and she later sang "A Very Precious Love" from
Marjorie Morningstar. not a re l great movie but a wonderful song, nonetheless.
Susie and I were fortunate to see her in Cats in July of 1998, and are so
happy to have heard her sing in real life. Her life has ended far too soon,
but her time shared with us will always be treasured. I is our hope that
she is beyond pain, and free to let her voice and spirit soar. God bless
her and keep her under His Blessed Shelter of Love. Lance
Eileen Wolf - 05/14/98 20:33:45
Location (city/state/country): Colonia, NJ USA
Laurie will be forever missed!!! Her music will live on in our hearts
Bill Gable - 05/14/98 06:47:50
Location (city/state/country): Laguna Beach CA
I "discovered" Laurie only about a year ago and spent the next few months
trying to track down everything she ever recorded. There were very few nights
during the last year when one of her CD's wasn't playing in my house. How
could I have missed the news of her passing? What a wonderful, unique talent.
What courage, what heart. Listen to My Heart, Laurie........you were the
!-- REMOTE ADDR: 220.127.116.11 -->Charles Gross - 05/12/98
Thought you might be interested to know that I will be running an interview
that I did with Laurie a few years ago On my theatre program Two On
The Aisle. The show will air tonight (May 12) on cable channel 57 in
Manhattan. The interview is with Laur e and Liz Callway in connection with
their appearance in Unsung Musicals. We discuss other topics
as well. The interview has been re-edited to highlight Laurie and the piece
will end with Laurie singing Memory at the 1993 Mr. Abbot
Awards Charles Gross
Richard Culp - 05/12/98 00:59:23
Location (city/state/country): Minneapolis, MN
I was introduced to Laurie's incredible story in People magazine a few years
ago. Although I never saw her on stage I have had the opportunity to listen
to her music through the CD collection that I have started of her music.
Her voice gives me goosebumps Her haunting melodies and soulful voice combine
to make for a fine evening of music and celebration. I am so sorry to hear
of her passing and will treasure her music for years to come. Godspeed,
JB Braun - 05/08/98 16:04:49
Location (city/state/country): Woodland Hills, CA
I was saddened to recently hear about the death of Laurie Beechman. What's
even more saddening is that the Los Angeles media failed to publicize it.
I love her recording as the Narrator in "Joseph" and wish I could have seen
her in one of her many Broad ay performances. She will be greatly missed.
jason allen yokom - 05/07/98
Location (city/state/country): buffalo N.Y usa
Wonderful person, always have a place in my heart for the best. Thank you.
Jim Bigley - 05/06/98 22:41:50
Location (city/state/country): Haddon Heights NJ
Love listening to Laurie sing. I still cherish her performance in Le Mis
in Phila. It is the best performance I have ever seen in live theatre. So
many peoplel miss her.
Heidi Beth Fisher - 05/04/98
Location (city/state/country): Santa Monica, CA
I did not know Miss Beechman personally, yet I have been a fan of hers for
years. I had the great good fortune of seeing her on Broadway in "Annie".
That was my first Broadway show, too. Ever since, I have been in awe of her
remarkable voice. I had not heard of her death until today and am saddened
by the news. What a loss for the musical theatre and for her family. Please
know what an impact she had on so many. As I'm writing this, In my mind I
can hear her enthusiastic voice soaring to th rafters at the Alvin Theatre
(now the Nei Simon)..."N-Y-C! Just got here this morning. Three bucks, two
bags, one me....". WOW!! How blessed we all were.
Jack Molnar - 05/03/98 18:40:19
Location (city/state/country): Bel Air, MD 21015 USA
I first heard of Laurie at a performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in
Baltimore, MD, March 7, 1997. It was a tribute to Andrew LLoyd Webber and
Laurie performed several songs. I have never heard a voice as beautiful as
hers. When I found that she ad some CDs out, I bought"The Andrew LLoyd Webber
Album", and another titled "No One Is Alone" Since March of 97, I have played
these almost exclusively. I, having never written a fan letter before, sent
Laurie a letter expressing my appreciation of he talent and personal fortitude.
Having listened to these two CDs for over a year now, I still cry like a
baby when she sings and will continue to do so! I am so sorry to hear of
her passing. My condolonces to her husband and her family. I will never forget
her. My regret is that I w nted to send her my CDs for her autograph and
never did it. I am so glad I sent her the letter. Most sincerely, Jack
Dawn J. Nilson - 04/30/98 22:52:04
Location (city/state/country): Portland, Oregon
In 1981, my college English teacher, Dolly Beechman, invited some of her
students on a trip to New York to see her daughter, Laurie, starring in Joseph.
It was my first Broadway show and I will remember it always because of the
enormous enthusiasm of both mother and daughter as we all toured back stage
and went out for celebration drinks with the cast. I will always be grateful
to both Dolly and Laurie for touching me with their wonderfully exhuberant
joie de vivre.
Robert Evan - 04/29/98 04:27:32
Location (city/state/country): Irvington,NY,USA
I had the honor of playing Jean Valjean to Laurie's Fantine in Philadelphia.
This was her last appearance in Les Mis. What a gracious, passionate presence
on and off stage. Holding her in my arms as I carried her to Fantine's bed
in the hospital scene wa a career highlight. Bravo to this site for keeping
her passion alive. Peace
Krista Sheets - 04/29/98
Location (city/state/country): Pittsburgh,PA USA
Robin Sanecki - 04/28/98 16:39:49
Location (city/state/country): New Brunswick, NJ, USA
I loved Ms Beechman's performances in Cats and Les Miz and will always remember
her and the enthusiasm she showed fondly.
Marc Landman - 04/27/98 12:56:34
Location (city/state/country): East Brunswick / NYC
From the many performances we have seen you in and the many times we were
together at family functions. You were always upbeat and were a joy to be
around. Thank you Laurie. Regards to Dolly, Nate and Neil Cousins Marc, Nita,
Sari & Casey Landman
Seth Gordon - 04/25/98 09:51:07
Location (city/state/country): San Francisco, CA
On a September night in 1971, a guitar-slinging 18-year-old with an attitude
saw a waif in jeans, a pudding-bowl cut and eyes too big to be true sitting
shyly in a dark corner of the floor at a Weinstein Hall dormitory party.
An orientation event for New York University's class of '75; the first night
most of us had ever spent in New York. At 17, Laurie was a hundred and five
pounds of hope and humor. I'm glad we became friends as we launched into
our lives. The voice of Judy Garland belted from Laurie's window across the
courtyard during the following months, followed by her own. Scales, songs,
vamps on a hundred show tunes. She could make the air between our buildings
quiver. She believed. She made beli vers out of all of us. I'm glad that
during that first important year, Laurie was my friend. I'm glad for all
the bad hamburgers, Harvey Wallbangers, and dreams and talk of things to
come. I'm glad our paths crossed in the following years as we played our
circuits from the Co necticut to the Catskillsand back to New York. And I'm
glad she smiled through all the years of hard work to bring that stunning
talent in front of thousands of full houses. Laurie was magical. The world
needed her. To see her and hear her. My heart hurts for her family and her
Michelangelo - 04/24/98 10:11:42
Location (city/state/country): NYC
I miss you so.
Natalie Moore - 04/23/98
Antonio Gueudinot - 04/21/98
Location (city/state/country): ny, ny
I was shocked to read Martin Charnin's wonderful tribute in this week's Variety.
It was the first I had heard about Laurie's death. I am very saddened by
her passing, and wish to express my heartfelt thanks to her family for allowing
the rest of us to s are her wonderful gifts. Her recordings I treasure,
particularly her lovely medley of Sail Away/Shiver Me Timbers. I will treasure
her records even more now, knowing that her singular exquisite talent has
left this mortal world. Peace be with you Lauri , and thank you again for
touching our hearts.
Michael Lara - 04/20/98 03:50:15
As I type this, I'm listening to one of her CDs, and I'm once again reminded
of the unique clarion quality of Laurie's voice. Not only did she have a
powerful, beautiful voice, but she imbued whatever she sang with such emotion
and such force of interpret tion that you couldn't help but feel as if what
she was singing was written with her in mind, whether or not that was actually
the case. And not only was she a wonderful vocalist and compelling performer,
she was also a warm, generous, and inspiring perso , and for all these reasons
and more, she will be missed.
pati buehler - 04/19/98 20:48:20
Location (city/state/country): w.berlin.nj.usa
I was touched with Laurie's performance of "Fantine" in Phla.in Jan'97.I'm
a friend of Rob Evan,"Valjean" at that time, now a brilliant star of
"Jekyll/Hyde". I met Laurie that summer at an Anniversary Benefit for the
"Westmont Thea.",an old stomping grou d in her hometown area. where I also
live. She was warm and charming as we spoke.I won't soon forget the kindness
ih eyes and voice. She was one of the great ones !
Barbara - 04/18/98 22:32:18
Location (city/state/country): Decatur, IL USA
You will never be alone, Laurie, nor will you ever be forgotten. Bless you
for your strength and the gift you gave so many of us.
Lauren - 04/18/98 00:16:49
Location (city/state/country): Carteret, NJ United States Of America
I am just a kid and I didn't ever see you perform. From other people's comments
you must have had beautiful talent. I want to tell your family that I feel
their pain. I know what it is like losing a loved one. I hope you have a
wonderful afterlife. Y u will always be remembered!!!!
Lauren - 04/18/98 00:07:27
Location (city/state/country): Carteret, NJ USA
I never saw any of your plays but I am going to see Cats June 3 w/ my class.
I wish you were alive and still in that play. When I go there I will be thinking
of you. By the way, what character did you play in Cats?
Carl D. Tribett - 04/17/98
Location (city/state/country): Dayton, Ohio, USA
While I never had the opportunity to see Laurie in any of the numerous shows
that she has graced, I have enjoyed the beauty of her voice on many recordings,
both of show cast albums and her own solo albums. What I really admire most
is her courage and he willingness to put her own illness aside to give generously
to others. The world has lost a shining star, but surely she is leading the
choirs of Heaven with her beautiful voice. Loving thoughts and prayers to
her family. Thank you, Laurie, for blessi g my life with your voice. Be at
peace. God bless! --Carl Tribett
Howard - 04/16/98 10:25:03
Location (city/state/country): Boston, MA
I had the great luck to see Laurie live in my first broadway show, Joseph
in 1978. At that time as unsophisticated as I was, I knew that I was in the
presence of a great star! I knew she was destined for fame. I saw Laurie
again in the touring company f CATS in Boston. I have all her CDs and will
miss her greatly.
jj - 04/13/98 19:43:07
I first saw Laurie as "Future Star" in Annie and was awed by her talent.
She will be missed.
Lisa Skett - 04/11/98 02:27:45
Location (city/state/country): Lindenhurst/NY
I was fortunate to have known Laurie many years ago when she would sing 'Shiver
Me Timbers' in her 9th avenue apartment accompanied by a pianist. It would
send chills down my spine. During the memorial it brought tears to my eyes
when they played Laurie's recording of Shiver Me Timbers. God Bless You Laurie
I Will Miss You Always. Lisa
John Kenrick - 04/10/98 18:37:39
Location (city/state/country): NYC
I was there when she first knocked Broadway on its ear as "Star to Be" in
ANNIE, thrilled to her triumph in JOSEPH, and her victorious return in CATS.
I last saw Laurie perform the summer 0f '97 during a concert at Carnegie
Hall -- where she wowed the cr wd as gloriously as ever. Oh, how I'll miss
her glorious voice, her charming stage presence, the unique energy she brought
to every performance. Thanks for the love, Laurie -- we all still send it
right back to you!!
Len Rhoades - 04/09/98 20:52:55
Location (city/state/country): Washington, D.C.
I really can say Laurie Beechman was a gift in my life. I saw her perform
at the Walnut Street Theater in Philly both in a one women show and in comedy
play. I also saw at the Glenside theater doing a one woman concert. Truly
remarkable! Whenever I get depressed I put on a tape or C.D. of hers. Thank
You for this website.
Kim Stocker - 04/09/98 17:34:39
Location (city/state/country): Phillipsburg, NJ USA
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Laurie's death. She was such a huge
talent and thank the theatre fairies for lending her to us. I'll shall miss
Kathy Grover - 04/08/98 23:20:07
Location (city/state/country): Boise, Idaho
Dear Laurie, I first "met" you on the Phil Donahue show. I was changing channels,
and I never got to my destination -- I was mesmerized. I sent for a video
of the show, and showed my 11 year old daughter the segment where you sang
"Everybody says 'Don' '." I asked her what she thought the song meant, and
she rightly discerned that it was about courage. That same week, she had
to write an essay for school about her personal hero. She wrote that she
didn't have any one hero, but that her heroes/heroines were everyone who,
like Laurie Beechman, exhibited courage and determination and persistance.
I am telling you this because you once said that you regretting never having
any children because of the cancer. What I have just told you shows that
in many w ys, Jenny is as much your daughter as she is mine. I prayed for
you regularly, but I am the one who needs the prayers. I thought you would
always be with us. Thank you for leaving behind in your music a trace of
your beauty, ebullience, strength and grace. Love, Kathy
Bernice Maryles - 04/08/98
Location (city/state/country): NY, NY
The first time I heard Laurie Beechman sing was when she appeared in Joseph
and his Technicolor Dreamcoat. She made me fall in love with musical theater.
I've seen Les Miz several times and one time was lucky enough to see Laurie
in it. I was sitting in t e last row with my sister and said to her, listen
to that voice (we certainly couldn't see anything!) and we knew it could
only be her. I have the Joseph CD, along with Annie, No One is Alone, The
Andrew Lloyd Webber CD (which I have not taken out of my C six pack since
I got it.) I only found out last night (April 7th) that Laurie was gone.
What a loss. She was an unbelievable performer. Her voice can make you believe
in G-d. I think it was about a year ago (two?) that my sister surprised me
with the bes birthday gift ever, an evening at the Rainbow Room's Rainbow
and Stars with Laurie Beechman (and Sam Harris). It was an incredible night.
What a voice. What a voice! Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your gift with
me. I'm sorry for all your suffering and w ll miss you dearly.
Linda Sullivan - 04/08/98
I was moved to tears by Laurie's talent and genius. She will be missed.
Maki Isayama - 04/07/98 20:58:51
Location (city/state/country): NYC
Just wanted to thank the organizers of the NY memorial at the Wintergarden.
It was very comforting to sit in a theatre full of people all expressing
their love for Laurie.
Margo - 04/07/98 15:17:12
Location (city/state/country): Glassboro, NJ USA
I had the unbelievable opportunity to see Les Miserables in 1990 at the Forrest
Theatre. This was the first time that I saw this particular show. The one
person that won my heart, was indeed, Laurie Beechman. I was so intranced
by her voice. Like an a gel, she captivated and amazed me. Later, I purchased
her cd, Listen to my Heart. I am saddened at the loss of such a beautiful
and talanted person. I only wish that everyone in the world could have had
the opportunity to be touched by Laurie's ora. God bless you, Laurie. You
are and always were an angel.
a.j. teshin - 04/07/98 04:06:06
Location (city/state/country): los angeles, ca usa
We were lucky to have known such a great talent even if it was only for a
very short time.
Cheryl - 04/07/98 03:28:57
Location (city/state/country): Fort Lee, NJ
Laurie will be missed greatly. She was what broadway was all about and more.
I saw her last at my brothers wedding. Time goes by too fast, you have to
stop and tell people how you feel about them, and Laurie was able to share
herself in that way through her music. We love and miss you, always.
Doreen Miserendino - 04/06/98
Location (city/state/country): Hawthorne, NY
I was honored to have been given the opportunity to work with Laurie, and
to get to know her. I will forever remember her sense of humor and appreciation
Arctic Wolf - 04/05/98 21:08:21
Location (city/state/country): Delray Beach, Florida United States
I am just a kid... But I will miss her and also feel bad for her family.
Janet Marie Lamb - 04/05/98
Location (city/state/country): MERION, PA.
Hilda Lamb - 04/05/98 21:02:48
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Marie Donohue - 04/05/98 20:56:52
Location (city/state/country): Delray Beach Florida, U.S.A.
To a lovely girl you'll be missed! A wonderful talent.
PERMELIA - 04/05/98 19:31:18
Location (city/state/country): MANCHESTER, NH
I AM SO SADDENED BY THE LOSE OF ONE OF THE MOST PROFOUND TALENTS I HAVE
EXPERIENCED. I JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY AN ANGEL IS SENT TO US... ONE THAT
TRULY TOUCHES OUR HEARTS AND SOULS AND IS TAKEN AWAY SO SUDDENLY AND ALL
TOO SOON. I KNOW HER MUSIC WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE FOR ALWAYS. MY SYMPATHIES
TO LAURIE'S FAMILY, AS WELL AS THE WORLD. THANK YOU...BEAUTIFUL lAURIE FOR
Pamela Durban - 04/05/98 01:43:18
Location (city/state/country): Athens, GA
I just wanted to say: Happy Birthday Laurie! I think of you daily and will
remember you always! You have truly touched all of our lives! My wishes are
for you and your family! Pamela
Kathy - 04/04/98 23:25:35
Location (city/state/country): Campbell, CA
May Laurie's family and friends be comforted by memories of other birthdays
and happy times, and by the knowledge that she will always live on in so
Lisa Dawn Popa - 04/04/98
Location (city/state/country): New York,NY
To Neal, Jane & Steve and Children, Claudia, Dolly and Nathan. I know
how much family met to Laurie, and my thoughts and wishes of comfort are
extended to you. Her pain is no more. Laurie, thanks for all your wisdom
and support, your friendship and your "voice". I will miss you.
- 04/04/98 20:37:35
Location (city/state/country): memphis, TN
I only recently discovered Laurie's gorgeous voice and beautiful and touching
interpretations of great songs. I will miss her gifts.
THE CAMHI FAMILY - 04/04/98
Location (city/state/country): PHILADELPHIA
Respect and admiration for a life lived fully,completely and beautifully.
Susan & Jack - 04/04/98
Location (city/state/country): Elmsford
Happy Birthday Laurie! With much Love, Susan, Jack, Jessica & Jacklyn
Arik Cotton - 04/04/98 06:50:25
Location (city/state/country): Chicago, IL/USA
i would like to express my deepest condolensces to the Beechman Family. Laurie
was a very special and emotional performer. Although I never personally saw
her perform on stage (very difficult to do from Chicago!), her recordings
and video taped performa ces showed me how important she was to the new
generation of Broadway performers. May she rest in peace.
Jack & Millie Shatzer - 04/03/98
Location (city/state/country): Mechanicsburg, PA
We have wonderful, loving MEMORIES of Laurie. How fortunate we are to have
seen her on Broadway in CATS and in LES MISERABLES in Philadelphia! But our
biggest thrill was seeing and listening to her in her concerts at Mt. Gretna,
Pennsylvania. Well alway remember her first concert when she opened
her program with Listen To My Heart and received a wild standing
ovation. What a magical night! Every time we saw her, we bought a CD as a
remembrance of the occasion. They are now treasured possessions. M ybe, because
Laurie always looked and sang like an angel, she was destined to perform
on a much bigger stage in a far better place, and if we listen with our hearts,
I know well be able to hear her singing.
Douglas A. Ross - 04/02/98
Location (city/state/country): Washington, DC
What a voice! What a gracious personality! I met Laurie when I was 21 and
working in the White House Press Office. The original cast of "Annie" was
there to perform, and I found myself standing next to the "NYC" girl, whom
I recognized because I had just een the pre-Broadway tryout. We smiled at
each other -- and she actually seemed kind of bashful because we were about
the same age, and I was in awe. But I knew she would make it BIG, and in
fact she did, deservedly so. From that smile on, I followed Laur e Beechman's
career with great interest and utmost respect. After leaving the White House,
I, too, who had been training in voice and dance, moved to NYC. I only wish
I had been fortunate enough to have gotten to know her personally like so
many of you ou there. I'm sure she was a very special friend. I thank God
she's now pain-free and that she was able to leave us her music to enjoy
and be inspired by.
Melanie Kaiser - 04/02/98
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia, PA
She will always remain my role model and a big inspiration on my life.
Richard Riemer - 04/01/98
Location (city/state/country): Cedar Grove, N.J.
I first heard Laurie sing when she was a singing waitress at a N.Y. club
called "The Good Times." This was about l975. Each singer was allowed three
or four songs so perhaps there could be 20-30 singers over the evening. This
could get monotonous until Laurie went on and then - wow! She showed such
tremendous energy on the stage. It was so obvious that she loved what she
was doing. I saw her perform a couple of times in "Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat." She was perfect in this role and in addition to her
amazing voice she had a great connection and interplay with the kids in the
audience. What a great voice. What a great person. What a loss.
Andrea Sparks - 04/01/98
Location (city/state/country): boston,ma.02151
Laurie was a wonderful gift to all of us. She will be sadly missed.
Mike Maples - 03/31/98 23:46:48
Location (city/state/country): Sacramento, CA USA
From the first time I heard your remarkable voice on the Original Broadway
Cast Recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I was hooked.
Your voice will always haunt me, and be forever a reminder of perfection,
and what we all can aspire to be....the best! A heartfelt goodbye. Mike
Phil Pomerantz - 03/31/98
Location (city/state/country): Reading,PA
We first Laurie in Les Miz in Phila in 1991. We have all her albums and have
never tired of listening to hear beautiful voice. Laurie's untimely death
brings sadness to our lives that such a great and courageous talent has been
silenced, but we have her r cordings and our memories of her with us always.
Thank you Faith, for making this possible
Rita Lynn Juliano - 03/31/98
Location (city/state/country): Ocala/FL/USA
You gave me hope to carry on! I was diagnosed with Melenoma 4 days before
you appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell Show. You gave me my strength to handle
my surgery and treatments. Your inspirational CD is played constantly. Caryn
Kadavy skates so beautiful y to your music. You will not be forgotten. As
a performer myself, I will keep your music as my continued inspiration. You
may be gone from this world, but you will always live in my heart and my
songs. You are with God now and your golden voice continue to sing in the
heavens. With much love, Rita Juliano and family
Kevin Hussey - 03/30/98 23:54:38
Location (city/state/country): Branford, CT
I just sat here for the last hour reading everyone's memories of Laurie,
there is not much more that I can add, except to say, that she was in a class
of her own and will truly be missed. I don't think I will actually realize
she is no longer with us unti the memorial on April 6th.
Deanna Galles - 03/30/98 19:52:33
Location (city/state/country): Clarkston Washington
I had the blessing of seeing her wonderful performance in cats in May of
97 in New York. I felt close to her because I have ovarian cancer too.I am
going through chemo for the secont time after a three year remission.I listen
to her CD and get strenght to keep fighting this battle.She will be missed!
Charles W. Smith - 03/30/98
Location (city/state/country): New Jersey
I played Mr. McAfee when Laurie was Kim in "Bye,Bye,Birdie" for Musicrafters
in Philadelphia when she was still a junior in high school. I told everybody
who would listen that she was destined to be a star. How right I was!!! I
consequently followed her career and saw everything she did on the East Coast
(sometimes even being fortunate enough to visit her briefly backstage). What
joy she gave me everytime I was fortunate enough to see her perform! My life
is much better for having known Laurie (even as peripherally as my association
Janet Dunn0Ruehle - 03/29/98
Location (city/state/country): Cardiff, CA
Unfortunately we only became aware of Laurie in 1994 as we were in search
of a song for our wedding. I had heard a song sung by another artist (I'll
Be Hear With You") as a possible song for our wedding. As we searched for
that song we only found it on aurie's Listen To My Heart album. The first
song of course on that album was Listen To My Heart. My husband and I dated
in college (23 years ago) and went our separate ways. We kept in touch and
never married. The song Listen To My Heart tells our stor . The way in which
Laurie sang the song along with the words made us cry and there would be
no other song as perfect for us. My husband wrote to Laurie's manager to
see how we could obtain the sheet music for the song and we heard back from
Midder Music We were then able to obtain the Lead music from David Friedman
& Midder Music. This song "Listen" was sung at our wedding by a friend
of mine, but at the reception we had Laurie's version played for our first
dance. We are both great lovers of all mu ic. Once we found Laurie we bought
more of her CD's. Unknown to Laurie, she really became a part of our lives
through her music and will forever be remembered by us.
Geoff - 03/28/98 21:29:31
I would like to thank you for making this site to honor a truely great performer.
You site is wonderful.
Pat Payne - 03/28/98 15:08:55
Location (city/state/country): Knoxville, Tennessee
I am so sad to hear about Laurie, but I am *so* lucky that I happened to
go to one of our local opera company Broadway concerts several years ago,
in which Laurie sang several songs. If I hadn't gone, I might have missed
knowing about her. I was so impr ssed with her singing that I sought out
all the recordings I could. I have enjoyed them so much, and have come to
learn a great deal about Laurie and her inspirational life. I'm sorry I never
got a chance to meet her -- she must have been something! I, too, hope she
somehow knows how very, very many people she touched in the world. Thanks,
Faith, for this page. It's a great tribute.
Lee Yancey - 03/28/98 05:44:21
Location (city/state/country): Burbank, CA
As a girl of 13 years old, in 1977, I listened over and over and over to
the original cast abum of "Annie". As I listened, I read the back of the
album and memorized all the names of all the people listed. And we all know
who's name was underneath Dorot y Loudon's...that's right, Laurie Beechman!
That was the first of many memories I have of her. When I went to New York
to assist as a moving light tech on "City of Angels" in 1989, I went into
one of the many restaurants that have show posters up and im ediately started
pointing out Laurie in many of them. In a way I felt very at home seeing
a friendly face, that I never met, yet knew so well. And yes, I still have
that exact same cast album, and I think I will give it a listen right now.
Michele Natali - 03/27/98 21:03:49
Location (city/state/country): Howell, NJ
i knew Laurie for some time. I first met her when I was in the original cast
of Annie. I loved her then and we were such close friends, even though I
was just a child at the time. I think that was what was so special about
Laurie, she loved people, all ages, all shapes, all sizes. she just loved
people. I saw her last year at the opening of the revival and it was as if
we had never been seperated. We hugged and we kissed and I will be forever
grateful that we had even that short time so many years la er. The world
is poorer for losing such a wonderful person.
Susan - 03/27/98 02:44:02
Location (city/state/country): New York, NY
Laurie - you will be missed desperately, but never forgotten. You are the
song in my heart. Susan
Richard Blaney - 03/26/98
My God... What pipes.
Tracy Serum - 03/23/98 15:52:34
Location (city/state/country): West Chester, PA
I was so upset by the news that Laurie passed away. Her voice was truly amazing
and I guess I just assumed she'd be around forever. She'll be missed.
jill latshaw - 03/23/98 07:03:27
Location (city/state/country): ephrata pa usa
Laurie was truly a shing star, it is a shame to kmow that such fabulous talent
was lost so early. I wish i could have had the chance to meet her to let
her know what her music ment to my family and i. It was so inspirational,
I admire Laurie for her hop and courage as she so bravly battled cancer and
continued to make the rest off the world joyous with her magnificient voice
and music Laurie you will be missed Sincerely Jill Latshaw
Bobby Milford - 03/23/98 04:41:50
Location (city/state/country): Memphis, TN
I just discovered her only after I saw on Rosie that she had passed away.
It's strange, but I'm auditioning for a minor role in "Joseph and The Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat" and needed to learn about the music. I bought the
first copy I saw and had no dea Laurie was singing the part of the Narrartor
but after hearing that voice I had to look to see who was singing, and it
was her, I fell in love with her voice. I wish I had known earlier about
her and got to hear her live. You can bet that I will be uying most everything
I can that she is singing on. Thanks for a beautiful site and such beautiful
words about a very gifted woman. Her voice will live for all time. Bobby
Rona Schnall - 03/23/98 00:58:50
Location (city/state/country): Austin, TX USA
I LOVED Laurie, my half- or step-sister. Well, she was the daughter of my
father's second wife (whatever that makes her! I just call her my sister),
and she was absolutely fantastic. I actually had the nerve (as sister's do)
to chide her for her choice of songs at Clinton's second innauguration. No,
it wasn't enough that HE ASKED HER to sing. I had to chastise her for singing
an "inspirational, heart-warming, crip-done-good song. But she explained
that she "kind of, had to" sing that song. It was, afterall what they requested,
and, she said, she really had no choice. Politics aside, she, of course,
was her usual, FANTASTIC self, and I'll ALWAYS love her for being herself.
David Wittie - 03/23/98 00:23:29
Location (city/state/country): Austin, TX USA
I first heard and met Laurie at an intimate performance in 1996, before a
few hundred people, at a benefit she was doing at the temple designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright in Philadelphia. She was FAB. Upon meeting her after the
concert, she had a few words of dvice to me (probably regarding my civil
disobedient ways). Looking me straight in the eyes, she instructed me, "You'd
better straighten up and fly right!" I later learned this was typical Laurie,
giving good advice to people she cared for. Because Laurie was Rona Schnall's,
my girlfriend's, half-sister, I had a few wonderful opportunities to meet
her. She had a truly remarkable gift for singing but she never seemed to
be aloof from the rest of her family. That may be what impressed me the most.
After what must have been a most tiring reprise performance of Fantine in
Les Miserables in Philadelphia, she still insisted on meeting with us on
the sidewalk in front of the theater in the cold. I didn't know her as well
as some but I'll still miss her. I know Ron does.
jason haines kindt - 03/22/98
Location (city/state/country): philadelphia,pa
Laurie's voice and musical theater talents were heaven sent. No singer has
ever moved, inspired, or encouraged me the way that Laurie has and will always
continue to. I feel blessed to have witnessed her strength and passion delicately
accuentuate the ost powerful songs on stage, and I am comforted only in the
fact that Laurie's gifts to us will survive forever. May God bless Laurie
Beechman and comfort those who loved her.
Joseph Matherly - 03/22/98
Location (city/state/country): Charlotte, NC "Home Of The Carolina
You have a KOOL web site I enjoyed my visit. Keep up the KOOL work :-)
Paul Gibbs - 03/21/98 16:37:02
Location (city/state/country): London, England
I only came across this page about two months ago, and was shocked to find
out about Laurie's health. Over here She isn't that well known. This made
it even harder to hear the news as there was no-one to share ny feelings
with. Reading all the dedicati ns had me nearly in tears and I can only echo
everyone else's expressions of loss. Laurie - we'll miss you!
P.Mullane - 03/21/98 07:07:08
Location (city/state/country): Bayonne/NJ/USA
I've seen Laurie perform for the past twenty years and she always brought
tears to my eyes when she sang with her glorious voice. I will pray for her
Eileen Moushey - 03/21/98
Location (city/state/country): Kent, OH USA
I will always be so sorry that I never had the opportunity to see Laurie
in a live appearance. It was only through her extraordinary recordings that
I was able to enjoy her amazing talent.
Alma Olson - 03/20/98 20:39:43
Location (city/state/country): Pittsburgh, Pa.
The first time I saw Laurie was on the Rosie O'Donnell show. I was mesmerized.
What a beautiful voice. I never got to see a live performance- what a loss.
I bought a few of her CD's and will enjoy them for a long time to come. I
never thought I'd be abl to say that I finally found a voice that rivals
Farin - 03/20/98 03:38:15
Location (city/state/country): Oceanside, NY
I was so sad when I heard about Laurie Beechman's death from the Scarlet
Pimpernel mailing list. It was absolutely devastating to hear that she lost
her long fight with ovarian cancer, and that I'd never get to see her perform
live on stage. When I saw he on Rosie about a year ago, she was healthy looking,
and beautiful, with this wonderful poweress of a voice, singing 'On a Clear
Day You Can See Forever'. I will TRULY miss Laurie. To end this off, I will
quote the musical 'Ragtime', "You were my sky, my oon and my stars and my
ocean. We can never go back to before." ~Farin
- 03/19/98 06:13:02
Reading all these expressions of love for Laurie, I'm reminded of a line
from Anything But Lonely: So many hearts for me to thrill. I think no matter
what connection we have to her - family, friends, or fans - her beautiful
voice will thrill our hearts fo ever.
Charles Gross - 03/19/98
Location (city/state/country): nyc
I had the pleasure of seeing Laurie in Annie and later reviewing her both
off and on Broadway in "Joseph" I will never forget how amazing she was in
the latter. It is a cherished memory. As I write this I am listening to her
"Listen to My heart Ablbum." I do a theatre program in NYC called "Two On
The Aisle." A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Laurie on
the program. AFter admiring her work for so long, it was a treat to meet
her and have her on the show. Sometimes during our closing credits you can
see a quick clip of that interview
Tom Cowan - 03/19/98 03:54:35
Location (city/state/country): Kew Gardens, NY
Laurie was a fantastic performer who touched me deeply with her music. Her
rendition of "Look to the Rainbow" is among my favorites. I'll always remember
Dawn Fenton - 03/18/98 23:54:44
Location (city/state/country): Cleveland, OH
I was fortunate enough to stage managed a benefit performance at the Cleveland
Playhouse this past November 22, 1997 that Laurie Beechman gave. She was
a joy to work with and the sang with her entire soul! I was so increadibly
SHOCKED at the news of her eath. I feel honored to have worked closely with
her. Dawn Fenton
Denise Hamblen - 03/18/98
Vinny & Theresa - 03/17/98
Location (city/state/country): Brooklyn NY USA
We were away and didn't even know about this till we got on this web page.
To say the least we are sitting here shocked and with tears in our eyes.
Laurie was a great performer, we are fortunate to have seen here perform
on Broadway and at Radio City with Michael Crawford. We are happy that we
have all her CD's and at least in our home her voice will continue to dazzle
us for many more years. We feel grief with her family, and thank God for
giving her to us -- even if it was for a shrt time.
Sam Harris - 03/17/98 15:50:24
Faith - thank you for this page. I have found myself reading through the
guest book many times this past week to feel in touch with Laurie's legacy.
My heart aches every day for her. Please keep this page going. I only hope
that now she has some idea of the vast amount of people that she touched.
Thank you, Faith.
Sherry Zabriskie - 03/17/98
Location (city/state/country): New Rochelle, NY
I had the good fortune of meeting Laurie about 3 years ago at Nordstrom,
where I work. I am a cancer survivor of 5 years and Laurie and I spoke about
our struggles. I really admired her courage and positive attitude towards
this dreadful disease....she go it right, it is all about living and she
did a terrific job at it. My sincere sympathies to her husband and family.
I truly feel that we lost someone quite incredible.
Kathy - 03/17/98 06:22:36
Location (city/state/country): Campbell, CA US
I'm a fairly new fan of Laurie Beechman's. I first heard of her in the People
magazine article about her courageous battle against cancer. I bought the
Andrew Lloyd Webber album just because I liked the songs, and didn't know
what a treat her magnificen voice would be. Then No One is Alone - my all-time
favorite album. I've given it to friends in need of "songs of hope and
inspiration", including one facing the loss of her brother to AIDS. She loved
it and bought it for her sisters. So, from one ne fans springs three more
. . . I hope that knowing what joy and inspiration Laurie continues to bring
to others is comforting to her family and friends.
Judith(White)Donato - 03/17/98
Location (city/state/country): Santa Paula,CA
The very first time I saw Laurie was...our 6th grade concert...our music
teacher...Mrs. Long... combined all the grammer schools in our township for
a huge concert...Laurie sang the solo...(I think it was "Somewhere Over The
Rainbow")...we all wore navy s irts and white blouses...with a fake red rose
pinned at the top button...that was the first time I heard Laurie sing...I
had the pleasure of sharing our Junior and Highschool days together...we
share a wonderful best friend... Jill...who has kept me up t date over the
years...I am so proud of Laurie and honored to have shared part of her
life...Laurie has given us all a gift to cherish...her beautiful voice...My
love to your Mother and sisters...Judi...interesting...that someone named
Faith would organiz this tribute to Laurie Hope. Thank you Faith.
Ralph Basso - 03/17/98 03:42:41
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia PA
Faith Burwasser - 03/16/98
This guestbook is a continuation of volume I, which is available to view
at my website. Please continue to share your thoughts and rememberances.