A Rough Rehearsal, a Suicide and a Broadway Show in Turmoil
July 31, 2018 9:40 AM   Subscribe

SLNYT | Broadway, the mountaintop of theater, is by nature a demanding place. Tough rehearsals happen all the time. But no one — not his friends, not his partner, not his bosses, and not his colleagues — seemed to know the depths of Jeff Loeffelholz's despair until he was found, near death, in his apartment.

Loeffelholz... was worried when he was asked to come in just before a full-cast rehearsal, on June 22, to work with the show’s director, Walter Bobbie, and musical director, Leslie Stifelman. The following Monday, Mr. Loeffelholz met with a representative from Actors’ Equity, the union, to report the interaction. On Thursday evening, [he] sent a round of texts to friends, saying “I love you”; wrote “No joy” on a notepad; and then swallowed a lethal amount of alcohol and pills... The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.
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