At WSU, Woolley was serving in his seventh year as music director. In addition to last fall’s “Crazy for You,” he also conducted “Grand Hotel,” “Hot Mikado,” “Les Misérables,” “No, No, Nanette,” and “Fiddler on the Roof” among many others. He was also a great asset to the musicality of the annual NYC Senior Showcase.
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“Scot was one of the most influential and revered teachers in this department,” echoed Joe Deer, chair of WSU’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. “His mastery of every style of musical theatre and most popular music made him an invaluable aid to our students. His ability to conduct singers and musicians with precision and passion elevated every production he was involved with. He was a lover of theatre lore and all of show business, with wonderful stories and a joyful laugh at the most scandalous and risqué of them. He was a great friend, confidante, and one of the finest artists to walk these halls.”
“Scot lived for other people,” added W. Stuart McDowell, artistic director of WSU’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. “He made everyone feel like they were the center of the universe in his presence, which is an unbelievably rare ability. We’re all distraught, but we know Scot lives on in the lives of so many people he touched.”
In addition to creating dance arrangements for the Broadway productions of “State Fair” and “Ain’t Broadway Grand,” Woolley’s extensive credits include productions with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (he was an outstanding George Gould Strong in “Grey Gardens”) and Cincinnati Playhouse. He also composed the theme song for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line float in the 2004 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, provided vocal arrangements for the off-Broadway Carole King revue “Tapestry,” and conducted for such celebrities as Linda Purl, Kevin Spirtas and Martin Short.
A formal memorial service is being collaboratively planned by the Human Race and WSU. Details are forthcoming.