Her agent, Sarah Foster, confirmed the information to the New York Instances.
The three-time Tony nominee introduced in February that she was battling Lou Gehrig’s illness, in any other case often known as ALS, in response to the newspaper. It is unclear presently if the illness resulted in her loss of life.
A spokesperson for the actress didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
The actress made her Broadway debut within the late Eighties in “The Phantom of the Opera,” working her means into the pivotal function of Christine.
She additionally starred as Maria in “The Sound of Music,” Marian in “The Music Man” and Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins,” every of which earned her Tony nominations in 1995, 2000 and 2007, respectively.
Luker additionally appeared in a handful of high-profile tv reveals together with a number of episodes of “Boardwalk Empire,” “Regulation & Order: Particular Sufferer’s Unit” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”
Luker was born in Alabama on April 17, 1961 the place she sang in her church choir and performed in her highschool marching band, in response to the outlet. She gained a school scholarship after scoring first runner-up in a magnificence pageant wherein she carried out the track “A lot Extra” from “The Fantasticks.”
The actress studied music at the College of Montevallo and graduated simply 5 years earlier than hitting the Broadway stage for the primary time.
She is survived by her actor husband, Danny Burstein, stepsons Zachary and Alexander Burstein, her siblings Roger and Suzanne, her mom Martha and her stepfather Lamar.
Regardless of a decades-long profession in musicals, the star stated she wasn’t solely devoted to the artwork kind.
“I’m so not a musical theater individual,” she informed Playbill in 2003. “I really like rock music and jazz. I really like the ’70s stuff I grew up with.”
In a 2016 look on the Theater Individuals podcast, Luker stated she wished she’d caught her fingers in a number of extra pies and expanded the scope of her roles over the course of her profession.
“I want I had branched out somewhat extra,” stated Luker. “Perhaps performed a b—h or one thing.”