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Mark Hsu Syers (1952—1983) was a Broadway actor in the 70's and 80's. He graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and attended the University of New Mexico, where he acted in The Fantasticks.[1] He graduated Emerson College in 1974 in Boston. He also appeared in Under Fire in New York City and Godspell in Boston. His first major role was in Pacific Overtures where he played, among other roles, the Russian Admiral ("Please Hello"), the Soothsayer ("Crysanthymum Tea"), the Thief ("Four Black Dragons"), and the Warrior ("Someone in a Tree"). He played King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar and Magaldi in Evita.[2] His voice can be heard on the cast recordings of Pacific Overtures [3] and Evita.[4] He was featured in the television program "Anatomy of a Song: Someone in a Tree" with Stephen Sondheim, Gedde Watanabe and James Dybas, which was presented by Frank Rich.[5][6]

He died in a head on car crash in Pennington, New Jersey on a wet road in 1983, at the age of 30.[7][8] He is buried in Ewing Cemetery.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TWO MEN KILLED".
  2. ^ "Mark Hsu Syers". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Pacific Overtures (Original Broadway Cast Recording)".
  4. ^ "Evita (Highlights) [Original Broadway Cast Recording]".
  5. ^ "Someone in a Tree - Anatomy of a Song, pt.1 of 2".
  6. ^ "Someone in a Tree - Anatomy of a Song, pt.2 of 2".
  7. ^ "Obituary: Mark Syers, 30, Actor; Was Magaldi in 'Evita'". New York Times. May 17, 1983. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "TWO MEN KILLED".
  9. ^ "Mark Hsu Syers Grave".