Broadway Actress Doreen Montalvo, Known For ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘On Your Feet,’ Dies At 56 – Doreen Montalvo, an actress who appeared on Broadway in In the Heights, has died on Saturday.
Broadway Actress Doreen Montalvo, Known For ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘On Your Feet,’ Dies At 56:
Doreen Montalvo, stage and screen actor known for her performance in the Broadway musical “In the Heights,” died on Saturday afternoon after a sudden ailment. She was 56.
Her manager Steve Maihack said in a statement, “Doreen didn’t just light up the stage, she brightened the light in all of those around her. She was having quite the year with two films in the can and a new Broadway show…but she would be so happy to know she will live on through these projects and the outpouring of love from every corner of the business.”
“We are devastated to hear she has left us today. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to her husband Mike Mann and their family during this time,” Maihack wrote in an Instagram post. “Love and light to all her friends, colleagues and fans…my heart aches for us all.”
He also shared his favorite memory with Doreen saying, “My favorite memory will be watching you as Gloria Fajardo in the OYF tour at the open-air outside KC Starlight theater….belting out ‘Mi Tierra’ to an audience of 8000, with the sun literally setting as if God himself was directing the most PERFECT moment for us all. It was thrilling.”
‘In the Heights’ Actress Doreen Montalvo Dead After A Sudden Ailment:
Doreen Montalvo recently reprised her role of bolero singer in Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of “In the Heights” and as an ensemble member in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” musical movie adaptation. Both films, capturing the actor’s final performance, are set to premiere in 2021.
On Broadway, Montalvo was an ensemble member, the bolero singer and an understudy for Daniela, Camila and Abuela Claudia in the original cast of “In the Heights.” In “On Your Feet!” she portrayed an ensemble member, Nena and Lucia from 2015 to 2017 and served as an understudy for Gloria Fajardo, a Cuban mother raising her family in Miami. In 2017, she also portrayed Amelia in the world premiere of “American Mariachi” that debuted at the Old Globe and Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Her off-Broadway and national tour credits include “Giant,” “Flashdance,” “Mamma Mia,” “La Lupe” and “Curvy Widow.” She performed in the Broadway production of “Mrs. Doubtfire” as Janet Lundy and an ensemble member, prior to coronavirus-forced shutdowns.
The late actor also appeared on a slew of TV series including “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife,” “Smash,” “One Life to Live” and “Elementary and Madam Secretary.” Her film credits, all from 2013, include “The Tale of Timmy Two Chins,” “Jack, Jules, Esther & Me” and “Tracked.”
Doreen Montalvo is survived by her husband, fellow stage actor Michael Mann and her step-children.