(Bruce Weber’s article appeared in The New York Times, 12/5)

Judd Woldin, a pianist and theater composer who wrote the score for the Tony-winning musical “Raisin,” died Nov. 27 in Manhattan. He was 86.

The cause was cancer, said his son Mark.

Both before and after he made a name for himself in the theater, Mr. Woldin had an itinerant musical career, traveling as a pianist with the Ink Spots, Don Elliott and Lionel Hampton; playing in the pit of the Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly!”; pursuing 12-tone composition studies at Black Mountain College in North Carolina; and doing doctoral work at Columbia in musicology.


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