DECEMBER 28, 2012, BOCA RATON, FL—Jan McArt and daughter, Debbi Lawlor, celebrated the life of Jan’s brother, Dr. Don “Bunny” McArt, at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. There was no doubt about it, they played to a final sold-out house—ending one of show business’ most unusual and longest running brother and sister acts in the history of theatre.
Jan, while still a teenager, was hired by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the lead in one of the longest running shows of all time, Oklahoma! while Don’s first show was with legendary director George Abbott in Kiss ‘n Tell. Both were constantly working in New York, Hollywood, Europe and the Orient. Don took time away from his busy career in Los Angeles in 1977 to do the comic lead in The Merry Widow that opened Jan McArt’s Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, and in 1990 they finally worked together when Don moved his residence to Boca Raton and he became a steady comedy star in all of Jan’s five theatres (Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach and two in Boca Raton). He quickly became an audience favorite and after that took Say Good Night Gracie on tour.
Don and Jan were scheduled to perform in the premiere of Tony Finstrom’s play reading in the Wold Center on January 14, 2013. Here to celebrate with the music of Finian’s Rainbow were the Atlantic City Boys, the musical duo Dunlap and Pennington, singing actress and cantor Lori Belkin Shapiro, Al Johnson, actress Connie Gould, actor/director Dan Kelley, John Lawlor, Jean Michel Redinger and Dr. Barbara Lunde. Many friends from both the theatre and Don’s ministerial work, along with great-niece and nephew Katharine and Evan Lawlor, enjoyed the impressive program featuring film clips, wonderful music and remembrances of Don and excerpts from his favorite show, Finian’s Rainbow. The celebration ended appropriately with Say Good Night Gracie and now we say goodnight and goodbye to Don McArt.
For more information:
Jan McArt, Dir. of Theatre Arts Program Development
Lynn University 561-237-7338 or firstname.lastname@example.org