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'Mary Poppins' Broadway star Rebecca Luker dead

'Mary Poppins' Broadway star Rebecca Luker dead
Three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker is dead at the age of 59.

Rebecca Luker, the lilting soprano best known for her iconic Broadway portrayals as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Marian the librarian in “The Music Man,” is dead at the age of 59.Broadway star Rebecca Luker (shown in this 2019 photo) has died from complications from Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 59.“Theater kids, if you haven’t yet, immediately bathe in the glory of that original Broadway cast recording of ‘The Secret Garden’ with Rebecca Luker as Lily,” wrote actor Steven Pasquale on Twitter.Luker died Wednesday after a year-long battle with ALS — Lou Gehrig’s disease — reported Broadway World.

Lou Gehrig’s disease, known clinically as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects spinal cord and brain nerve cells., Luker’s first Broadway foray was as Sarah Brightman’s understudy as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera.

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