(February 21, 1953 - April 25, 1994) USA
James Raitt, who grew up in Santa Ana, California, received a music degree from the University of Southern California in 1975. He taught at U.S.C., New York University, the Eugene O'Neill Institute and Sarah Lawrence College.
He was the musical director of the productions of "Damn Yankees" on Broadway and the musical director and vocal arranger for "Forever Plaid" Off Broadway. He trained the casts of more than 30 national and international companies of the show. In addition, he created the orchestrations and musical arrangements of the Off Broadway musical "Pageant" (1991). More recently, he did the orchestrations and vocal arrangements for "Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens," playing in London.
He was also the dance arranger for the Broadway production of "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1990); the musical director of the 1986 revue "Stardust," and the musical director for solo performances by Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Ethel Merman and Donna McKechnie.
James Raitt diedat his home in Manhattan, New York. He was 41. The cause were AIDS-related complications.