Broadway Remembers the Late Clifton Oliver, Star of Hit Musicals, at 47

Broadway is in mourning as it bids farewell to the remarkable performer Clifton Oliver, best known for his roles in beloved productions such as “The Lion King,” “Wicked,” and “In the Heights.” Oliver’s sister, Roxy Hall, took to Facebook to share the heartbreaking news of his passing. After a battle with an undisclosed illness, Oliver peacefully left this world at 3:20 AM, serenaded by his partner Richard, who sang Psalm 23 during his final moments. In her tribute, Hall expressed a bittersweet mix of emotions, acknowledging the sadness of her brother’s departure while finding solace in the belief that he has found peace. She described his journey into the afterlife as a joyous homecoming celebration, where he becomes the shining star.

The Broadway community, alongside fans, paid tribute to Oliver’s extraordinary legacy on Instagram, celebrating the immense talent he brought to audiences across Broadway, Las Vegas, and North American tours from 2000 to 2011. To honor and remember Clifton Oliver, the lights at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City will be dimmed on Tuesday at 5 p.m., a heartfelt gesture that pays homage to his indelible contributions to the world of theater.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1975, Oliver relocated to New York City in 2010 to pursue his dreams on Broadway. It was there that he carved a name for himself with his exceptional performances in “The Lion King” and “In the Heights,” where he portrayed the character Benny alongside Jordin Sparks. The Broadway community and his devoted fans will forever hold dear the light and talent that Oliver brought to the stage.

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