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Veteran Broadway Production Supervisor Was 89 – Deadline

Arthur P. Siccardi, a longtime Broadway production supervisor whose five-decade career included work on notable original and renaissance productions such as Sweeney Todd, Who Owns Life ?, Sunday in the Park with George, Gypsy, The Heidi Chronicles and Sunset Boulevard, to name a few, died Dec. 23 of complications from pneumonia. He was 89 years old.

His death was announced by his son Drew Siccardi.

Born in Englewood, NJ, and raised in Fort Lee, Siccardi began his professional life as a minor league baseball pitcher for the Johnson City Cardinals from 1951 to 1953. A job offer to work as a show carpenter during from the original national tour of Gypsy led to what would be his life’s work.

Siccardi created Arthur Siccardi Theatrical Services in 1975 at the suggestion of Michael Bennett, and he would continue to work with such notable directors as Mike Nichols, Jerome Robbins, Tommy Tune, Gower Champion, Trevor Nunn and Michael Blakemore. He has collaborated with eminent stage designers such as Jo Mielziner, Oliver Smith, Robin Wagner, John Napier, Santo Loquasto and John Lee Beatty.

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Siccardi’s long list of credits as a production supervisor includes Broadway productions and tours such as Gypsy (2003); Fat (1994 and 2007); A choir line; Chicago (1996); Hello Dolly !; Cats; Annie; Sweeney Todd; Whose life is it ?; The real thing; Sunday in the park with George; Whoopi Goldberg; Children of a lesser God; I should be in pictures; A day in Hollywood / A night in Ukraine; Memories of Brighton Beach; My one and only; Biloxi Blues; The strange couple (1985); Singing and dancing; Social Security; Broadway Bound; Fences; Burn this; Cabaret (1987); Chess; Ain’t Misbehavin ‘; Broadway by Jerome Robbins (1989); Lend Me a Tenor, The Heidi Chronicles; Lost in Yonkers; The Capeman by Paul Simon; Annie take your gun (1999); Kiss me, Kate (1999); Dream girls; Cat on a hot tin roof; Victor / Victoria; My beautiful lady (nineteen eighty one); Sunset Boulevard; The color purple; Billy Elliot: The Musical; Dirty Dancing; and Mamma Mia!

He received a Tony Honor in 2012, and later in the year he received the SUNY Purchase Backstage Legends and Masters award. He had been a member of the International Alliance of Stage Employees since 1968.

Siccardi divided his time between Miami, New York, Cold Spring, NY and Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks. He was predeceased by his wife Jane Waller, her son Arthur III and his wife Susan MacNair. He is survived by his son Drew, his stepdaughter Lori, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In light of the current Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial tribute will be scheduled at a later date. The family is asking for donations in his memory to be made to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks and the Goff-Nelson Library in Tupper Lake.

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