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Sunday, May 23, 2010

AP's Michael Kuchwara dies

One of Broadway's longest serving critics, Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press, died yesterday at the age of 63.  He was working almost right up to the end.

The outline of his career is clearly one of a past era:

He began his 40-year career at The A.P. as a reporter in the Chicago bureau and later moved to New York as an editor on the national desk. He took over the theater post in 1984. 
One must wonder: will the AP replace him?  More likely, if they're like any other news outlet, they will phase out the post altogether.

2 comments:

The Playgoer said...

Here are some moving tributes to Kuchwara by his colleagues Michael Feingold:
(http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-05-18/theater/michael-kuchwara-1947-2010/)
Adam Feldman:
(http://www3.timeoutny.com/newyork/upstaged/2010/05/michael-kuchwara-dead-at-63/)
and Cara Joy David:
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cara-joy-david/you-will-be-missed-michae_b_586245.html)

Anonymous said...

While Kuchwara can never be replaced, may I make a suggestion for the AP's next theater critic? Jacques LeSourd, formerly of the Gannett papers in Westchester and now of WCBS-AM 880 radio.