Steve Fickinger, who received a Tony Award for producing the magnificent musical Dear Evan Hansen after helping to bring News and Lions King to Broadway as Disney director is dead. He was 62. Fickinger died suddenly Friday at his home in Laguna Beach, his niece Jessica Roy announced.
As director of creative development for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Fickinger worked on Mulan, Tarzan and Lilo & Stitchthen served as vp creative development for Disney Theatrical Group, where he oversaw the launch of half a dozen Broadway shows, including Lions King and Aida.
Fickinger also oversaw the Tony-winning production of Newsthe national tour in High School Musical and the long-running Broadway production of Aladdin. After two decades at Disney, he left in 2013 and created FickStern Productions, and its first endeavor, Dear Evan Hansenopened on Broadway in 2016 on its way to bring together six Tony’s, including Best Musical.
The youngest of five children, Steven Thomas Fickinger, was born in Chicago in 1960. He attended New Trier High School West, where he performed on stage with future Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and then UCLA. After college, he spent several years in New York City as a stage actor before returning to the West Coast, where he landed at Disney.
Fickinger was also the executive producer of The rock of time at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood. The show starred Nick Cordero, who died after an exhausting battle with COVID-19 in July 2020 at the age of 41. Fickinger’s upcoming projects included i.a. Live at Crescendo Club: An Evening with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Pearl Baileywritten and directed by Seret Scott and produced by Deniece Williams, said his niece.
He was involved in charities including AIDS Walk, Los Angeles Food Mission and Race to Erase MS. Survivors also include his siblings, Joan, Jan, Michael and Emily. A funeral will be held in Chicago with a memorial service in Los Angeles.
This article was originally published on Hollywood Reporter.