July 11, 2015

Sad News to Report: Roger Rees, Tony Award Winner and Husband of Rick Elice, Has Passed Away

July 11th, 2015

Rick Elice and Roger Rees (Photo Credit: Bruce Gilkas, Broadway.com)

We are sad to report that Roger Rees, Tony Award-winning actor and husband of JERSEY BOYS co-writer Rick Elice, has passed away.

Rees, who won a Tony Award in the title character in The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, had an outstanding career as an actor and director. In addition winning a Tony Award, Rees had success on television with roles on Cheers, The West Wing, and Grey’s Anatomy. Rees also was nominated for a Tony Award for co-directing Peter and the Starcatcher. For Rees’ obituary, visit Playbill.com.

We send our love, thoughts, and prayers to Roger Rees’ husband Rick Elice, his family, and his colleagues during this very difficult time.


  1. Dearest Rick,
    You remain in our thoughts & prayers @ this time on the loss of Dear Roger. I know his soul is in heaven right now with my dad.
    It has always been a joy! to be in both your company.
    Roger is giving you strong strenth to move on with all of your talent & beautiful heart.

    Love & Blessings Always,


    Comment by Patti-Massi-Candeliere — July 12, 2015 @ 6:45 am

  2. The sadness this weekend has been overwhelming for so many of us who, because of Rick’s openness and inclusiveness, have somehow felt like family. Roger’s passing has been personal and Rick’s loss painful.

    If I’ve been so affected, how much more so the huge community of close family, lifetime friends and caring colleagues around the WORLD!

    Wishing you love and comfort Rick through the moments, days and years ahead.

    Comment by Audrey Rockman — July 13, 2015 @ 12:02 am

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