Dorothea Freitag Broadway composer

November 01, 1992

Dorothea Freitag, a Broadway composer and Baltimore native, died of a stroke Thursday at University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va. She was 80.

Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Chapel, 473 South Main St., Harrisonburg, Va.

Miss Freitag was a pianist, musical director, arranger and composer for Broadway shows, including "Mame," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Golden Boy" and "West Side Story." She coached stage and television performers, including Carol Channing, Sammy Davis Jr., Angela Lansbury, Leontyne Price, Leslie Uggams, Johnny Cash, Eartha Kitt, Stevie Wonder, Carol Burnett and Liza Minnelli.

She wrote dance music for the "Bell Telephone Hour," the Harry Belafonte and Andy Williams television specials, George Balanchine and Katherine Dunham. She also wrote dance music for the musicals "Zorba," "Dear World," and "Elmer Gantry," and wrote additional music for Leonard Bernstein's "On the Town."

In 1962, she composed music for Donald MacKayle's ballet, "District Storyville," which won critical acclaim over the years. For its 30th anniversary, it has been performed in Baltimore's Mechanic Theater and New York's City Center, as well as city and university theaters around the country. It also was performed in London and Liverpool.

Ms. Freitag was born in Baltimore and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In 1969, the Peabody Conservatory Alumni Association honored her with a distinguished service award in the field of music.

She lived in New York City for more than 45 years and moved to Harrisonburg, Va., four years ago.

Survivors include a son, Franz Yukl of Baker City, Ore.; a sister, Eudrice F. Timmons of Harrisonburg, Va.; two brothers, Charles C. Freitag of Timonium and Orville H. Freitag of Easley, S.C.; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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