Lynn Kellogg Simpers, a singer and actress who, as Lynn Kellogg, performed Sheila, the uptight debutante who turns right into a free-spirited hippie within the authentic 1968 Broadway manufacturing of “Hair,” died on Thursday in St. Louis. She was 77.
The trigger was Covid-19, in response to Timothy Philen, her publicist.
Her husband, John Simpers, mentioned she had been contaminated at a current gathering in a big theater in Branson, Mo. The general public there weren’t sporting masks, he mentioned. Ms. Kellogg Simpers had a non-life-threatening type of leukemia that compromised her vascular system, he added. She died in a hospital.
“Hair,” the unique counterculture musical created by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, ran for greater than 4 years on the Biltmore Theater. It has at all times been an ensemble present, however Sheila is the closest factor it has to a feminine lead. Her large Act I ballad, “Simple to Be Arduous” — “How can folks be so heartless? … Particularly individuals who care about strangers/Who care about evil and social injustice?” — is available in response to the informal rudeness of the character Berger (performed by Mr. Ragni). Sheila can also be one of many lead singers on the present’s finale, “Let the Solar Shine In.”
John Chapman, reviewing the present in The Every day Information, didn’t take care of the “tribal love-rock” music, however he favored the forged’s youthful power. And he appreciated Sheila. “I did see not less than one fairly lady, Lynn Kellogg,” he wrote, “and he or she sang a reasonably music referred to as ‘I Consider in Love.’”
The 1969 Tony Awards appeared to be biased in favor of mainstream Broadway productions, and subsequently in opposition to “Hair,” however the forged’s efficiency of a medley of “Hair” numbers on the awards telecast impressed lots of people, together with the subsequent celeb to look onstage, Zero Mostel.