Affectionately known as Mr. Broadway, Alan Champion, an interpreter on Broadway, passed away April 22 from cancer. Mr. Champion was a well-known face in the theater interpreting field and will be missed by many.
The New York Times covered his career and life in this well-written obituary.
"Alan Champion, a sign-language interpreter who opened up hundreds of Broadway and regional theater productions to deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members over the last three decades, died on Friday in Ramona, Okla. He was 55." Read the rest of the article at:
And now, a tribute to Mr. Champion's presence in the theater world.
This video made in the fall of 2010 gives us a poignant reminder of Mr. Champion's unfailing humor as he and a team made a video in response to a facebook posting of a premature death announcement.
"He is Not Dead Yet"
(a parody of the song from the musical SPAMALOT - considered fitting for the team of B'way interpreters with a cameo from Keith Wann).
"When Theatre Meets Sign Language"
This video from Theatre Development Fund (TDF) features both Mr. Champion and his long-time co-team Candace Broecker-Penn as they cover the finer details of theatrical interpreting. (It features one of my favorite shows of all time - MARY POPPINS!)
Alan Champion, Broadway Interpreter Extraordinaire, you will be remembered. May the lights of Broadway be dimmed in memory of you.
(*standing ovation accompained with a show of hands*)
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