The Broadway and cabaret worlds mourn the loss of a true legend, Julie Wilson, who passed away last night.
From starring roles in Broadway musicals like Kismet, Pajama Game, Legs Diamond (Tony Award nomination) to reigning supreme on the cabaret stage, Wilson was revered for decades as not only a great artist but a generous in her support for everyone in the business.
Ann Hampton Callaway, one of today’s biggest cabaret stars, wrote this on Facebook upon hearing the news of Wilson’s passing:
“When I came to NY to pursue my dreams, Julie was one of the first people who welcomed, encouraged and inspired me. I loved her contrasts – she was pure glamour when she stepped on a stage and sang great songs with wry wisdom and humor and when she was done, she’d put on her Reboks and fold her gown in a shopping bag and call it a night.
“She may have left Omaha but Omaha never left her. Always down to earth, she balanced to perfect proportion, lady and broad, and a conversation with her always involved much laughter. I know of almost no other singer who was as generous to other singers as Julie, attending shows of so many of us starting out through the years and always with such love and enthusiasm.
“Singer, actress, mother and shining light, you will be dearly missed by all of us lucky enough to know you, Julie.”
Wilson was considered one of the great interpreters of Sondheim and Cole Porter. She not only “got” the lyrics, she could communicate their universal truths.
Just one example of Wilson doing what she did best posted below.
Rest well, Julie Wilson.