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YAM Notes: March/April 2014

By Gregory A. Weiss

Let’s start with the bad news: we lost Butch Hubbard on November 15. Butch grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois, and graduated from Hotchkiss. After Yale he turned his attention to the bright lights of Broadway, where he was coproducer of several musicals, culminating with a 1992 Tony Award for the revival of Guys and Dolls.

Richard Andrews is “still teaching full time at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Public Policy. Taking more time to travel, both to visit five grandchildren and this year to go on a memorable safari in Tanzania. Just revisited New Haven to sing in a 60th anniversary concert of Yale Russian Chorus alumni—140 voices and great music!”

Ted Shen would like his classmates to know that his new musical, entitled A Second Chance, will be produced at the New York Public Theater this coming spring, March 18—April 13. Ted wrote the book, music, and lyrics to the show, for which more information may be found on the Public Theater’s website. The story is about a recent widower and a divorcée who meet in midlife and face the challenges of letting go of their pasts in order to take an unexpected second chance at love. As of the writing of these notes (mid-January), Cary Koplin has made major progress in planning a class theater event to be held in connection with the April 3 performance of Ted’s show, and expects very shortly to be able to broadcast the details and to post them on the class website (yale66.org).

For one other upcoming class event, mark your calendars for April 28, the date for the annual class dinner to be held at the Yale Club in New York. Tom Opladen and Fred Berg will once again be our lead organizers. Last year’s event drew rave reviews. We’re sure this one will be even better!