Steve Vikinger dies: Award-winning Broadway producer dies at 62

Broadway producer Steve Vikinger has died at the age of 62, according to a statement released by his niece on Wednesday.

Steve Vikinger passed away
Steve Vikinger passed away

Steve Vikinger, the Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, has died at the age of 62.

In a statement released on Facebook, his niece Jessica Roy called him “the best friend you could ask for.”

Although the cause of the star’s death has yet to be revealed, Deadline said it happened suddenly while he was at his home in Laguna Beach, California.

“He was a lively, charming, eccentric, hysterical, extremely generous man, the best friend you could ask for, and we loved him very much,” she wrote.

“He would like his coffin to be strewn with pretzel chips (a detail we hope to make with the funeral home). He hopes there are dogs waiting to greet him. And he knows he’ll meet his mother when he gets there.”

His most notable role as Vice President of Creative Development at Disney Theatrical Group was overseeing the production of the popular musical The Lion King, as well as playing a major role in the musical adaptations for Aladdin and High School Musical.







Supervised the production of the musical The Lion King
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Meanwhile, expressions of appreciation poured in on Twitter, with one user commenting at length: “Steve Vikinger is dead. Without this wonderful, smiling legend of the man, we wouldn’t have had such great movies as Tarzan, Mulan, Lillo, and Stitch.”

“We wouldn’t have gotten a Tony Award for Broadway production for Disney News. We wouldn’t have had a six-time Broadway Tony Award winner for Disney’s The Lion King but most of all, if it wasn’t for him after seeing the work of Benj Pasek And Justin Paul, we wouldn’t have earned a six-time Tony Award winner on Broadway for the production of Dear Evan Hansen.

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“This particular production is the most beautiful rollercoaster ride of emotion from happiness, to pure shocking horror to sadness to it all, and has been done by some of the best stars in all of the performing arts industry, from Ben Platt to Lucy Anderson.







Steve Vikinger passed away at the age of 62
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“For me, this show was a miracle. This show pretty much saved my life. This show was a lifesaver for me, I can’t wait to be at the final performance at Noël Coward on October 22, 2022. May you rest in peace Mr. Vikinger and may you live Your characters are forever as a tribute to your hard work and dedication to the arts and entertainment industries.”

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