Leslie Cutler, a director known for his staging of stars in summer stock and other productions, earlier this month in New York, He was 93.
Cutler directed of scores of productions over a half-century career, most notably at the Kenley Players in Ohio. Among the stars he directed were Ethel Merman (“Call Me Madam”), Tony Randall (“The Man Who Came to Dinner”), Soupy Sales (“High Button Shoes”), Tab Hunter (“West Side Story”), Vincent Price (“Oliver”), Pam Dawber (“My Fair Lady”), Tommy Tune (“Walking Happy”), Shari Lewis (“Funny Girl”), Alexis Smith (“Applause”), Joe Namath (“Picnic”) and Zsa Zsa Gabor (Blithe Spirit”).
In Connecticut, he staged “Sheba”, the musical version of “Come Back, Little Sheba”, starring Donna McKechnie, at the White Barn Theatre in Westport, with choreography by Donald Saddler. In 1976, he directed Jerome Kern's “Roberta” at the Westport Country Playhouse. That show subsequently went on tour. He also directed for the American Music Theatre in New London.