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Burial Date December 18, 2016
A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Knights of Columbus hall, 106 Bergen Ave., Ridgefield Park.
John Mineo, a versatile Broadway performer whose credits include such beloved musicals as the original productions of “Hello, Dolly!” and “A Chorus Line,” “Pippin,” “Dancin’” and a revival of “Chicago,” died Saturday at his home in Ridgefield Park. He was 74.
The cause was bone and prostate cancer, said his son, Jarad.
The Bronx-born Mr. Mineo made his stage debut as a teenager and appeared in some 20 Broadway musicals, including several directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
Mr. Mineo “had every aspect of performing under his belt – dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, director, writer – but first and foremost he was a dancer,” his son said.
As testament to his prolific career, Mr. Mineo was presented with a Broadway good-luck charm, the Gypsy Robe, backstage on opening night of “Chicago” in 1996. The robe, which was worn by a chorus member in a 1950 production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” is passed from musical to musical to the chorus member with the most theatrical credits. For the “Chicago” revival, that was Mr. Mineo, who donned the robe and ran around the stage and to all the dressing rooms so everyone in the company could touch it.
Mr. Mineo, who met his first wife, Broadway dancer Katherine Hull Mineo, in the ensemble of “Hello, Dolly!” lived in Ridgefield Park beginning in mid-1970s. Katherine Hull Mineo taught dance and acting at a studio on Teaneck Road in the village.
Ridgefield Park gave Mr. Mineo “a quiet neighborhood to come home to but was still close enough to work and hustle and bustle of Broadway that he knew all too well,” his son said.
Mr. Mineo and his second wife, Kyo, moved to Kyo Mineo’s native Japan in 2005 and ran a theater and tap dance studio in Osaka. They returned to the United States in August, resettling in Ridgefield Park.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Mineo is survived by his children from his first marriage, Bremen Marguccio of Highland Lakes and Jarad Mineo of Ridgefield Park; a son from his second marriage, Aren Mineo of Ridgefield Park; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.