There was some even sadder news last weekend. Michael Rothbard, co-founder and executive director of the IMAC Theater, passed away on October 30th. I only knew Michael from the many shows I saw there. Wonderful guy. He always came out on stage before each show to make announcements, talk about upcoming concerts, and then he would introduce the artist. After each show, he was always around in the lobby to chat with people, and was always interested hearing what everyone had to say about that night's concert. I chatted with him on many occasions.
Everyone I know who attended shows at the IMAC felt that it had a wonderfully intimate, home felt atmosphere. It was Michael and his partner Kathie, who gave it that feeling. Without them, it would have been just another building with a bunch of seats and a stage.
Rest in peace Michael Rothbard, and know your life made a difference in the performing arts here on Long Island.