Lawrence Kasha, 57, a writer, director and producer for...

Deaths elsewhere

October 01, 1990

Lawrence Kasha, 57, a writer, director and producer for both the stage and television, died of brain cancer Saturday in Los Angeles. The Tony Award-winner, whose credits included the stage shows "Applause" and "Woman of the Year," was the producer in recent years of the long-running television series, "Knots Landing." A child actor who performed in musicals such as "Brigadoon," Mr. Kasha created his first musical, "Sing," while attending high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1964, with partner Hal Prince, he produced his first Broadway musical, "She Loves Me." After directing Barbra Streisand in the London production of "Funny Girl," Mr. Kasha garnered a "Best Musical" Tony in 1970 as producer of the Broadway production, "Applause," starring Lauren Bacall. In 1981, he produced "Woman of the Year," winning four more Tonys.

Murry Kellum, a country music guitarist and songwriter, was killed along with his promoter yesterday when their plane crashed in heavy fog two miles short of an airport runway at Gallatin, Tenn. Mr. Kellum, 47, of Antioch. Tenn., had the 1963 hit "Long Tall Texan," and co-wrote a hit song for the country group Alabama called "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You've Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)." His promoter, Johnny D. Swanner, 55, of Hendersonville, Tenn., was the pilot of the single-engine plane.

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