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Late Gay TV Star’s Play ’The Lost Boy’ Eyes Broadway

Tuesday Apr 1, 2014
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Ron Palillo
Ron Palillo  

New York real estate broker Dominic Paolillo is crowdsourcing in an attempt to produce "The Lost Boy," his late cousin’s 2005 play about author J.M. Barrie and his creation of "Peter Pan."

Best known as loudmouthed student Horshack on the hit ’70s sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter," actor Ron Palillo - born Ronald Gabriel Paolillo - died unexpectedly in 2012 at age 63. He is survived by his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, a retired actor.

"After Ron’s untimely death in 2012 his dream of personally bringing this brilliant show to Broadway ended. We are committed to changing that with your help," writes Paolillo on the project’s Indiegogo fundraising page.

"The Lost Boy," currently in pre-production, is aiming for a summer/fall 2014 debut off-Broadway with hopes of a Broadway transfer.

"This is a project of the heart for me and a brilliant piece of theater," Paolillo says. Joining Dominic is one of Ron’s Best Friends Lawrence Leritz. They will be co-producing the show and are in pre-production for a summer opening. They are currently raising funds on Indiegogo

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