Saying Good-bye

Aug 20, 2009 by

Al Shea passed away this morning.

Al was a great booster of New Orleans theatre and entertainment, perhaps a bigger booster than was good for it, certainly a bigger booster than it deserved.

Shea’s first theatre review on “Midday” followed a conversation with Scoop Kennedy, the longtime New Orleans journalist who did theatre reviews for the program.

“Scoop did a review of a play at the Little Theatre, which I had seen. It was terrible, and he loved it,” Shea recalled in 2003. “So afterwards, I said ‘Scoop, how can you say that about that show?’ He said, ‘I’m not going to say anything terrible about the Little Theatre. Those are my people, Papa.’”

We were all Al’s people. We will miss his kindness, his wacky humor, his joy, and his love.


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