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 unique 1968 Broadway manufacturing of “Hair,” died on Thursday in St. Louis. She was 77.
The trigger was Covid-19, in accordance with Timothy Philen, her publicist.
Her husband, John Simpers, mentioned she had been contaminated at a latest gathering in a big theater in Branson, Mo. Most of the individuals there weren’t carrying 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 all the time been an ensemble present, however Sheila is the closest factor it has to a feminine lead. Her massive Act I ballad, “Easy to Be Hard” — “How can people be so heartless? … Especially people 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 Sun Shine In.”
John Chapman, reviewing the present in The Daily News, didn’t take care of the “tribal love-rock” music, however he preferred the solid’s youthful vitality. And he appreciated Sheila. “I did see at least one pretty girl, Lynn Kellogg,” he wrote, “and she sang a pretty song called ‘I Believe in Love.’”
The 1969 Tony Awards gave the impression to be biased in favor of mainstream Broadway productions, and subsequently towards “Hair,” however the solid’s efficiency of a medley of “Hair” numbers on the awards telecast impressed lots of people, together with the following superstar to look onstage, Zero Mostel.