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Rebecca Luker Oral History Project

Rebecca Luker

About Rebecca Luker

Rebecca Luker, who graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1984, enjoyed a lengthy and distinguished career as a virtuoso actress, concert soloist and recording artist. Her operatic soprano voice led to her starring in nine Broadway musicals, and she was nominated for three Tony Awards. Her work included performances in “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Secret Garden,” “Showboat,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man” and “Mary Poppins.”  She also appeared in a number of acting roles on television including “Law and Order, Special Victims Unit,”  and “The Good Wife”. In addition, she enjoyed teaching master classes and coaching up-and-coming performers. 

A vocal performance major, Luker was previously awarded an honorary doctorate from UM and remained actively involved with UM throughout her life. To honor Luker's memory following her passing in 2020, the University of Montevallo named the stage of its new Center for the Arts after her. Watch this Facebook live recording of the Rebecca Luker Stage Dedication ceremony held on November 18, 2021.

The Rebecca Luker Oral History Project

The Rebecca Luker Oral History Project is a digital archive of tributes to Rebecca Luker by co-performers and friends that has been donated to University by Sarah Rebell. While the archive primarily consists of 106 oral history transcripts, it also includes videos and photographs. The project is housed online in Vallo Vault, UM's Digital Archives and Scholarship Hub. You can access the project homepage here or use the chapter links below.


To navigate the slideshow, use the arrow buttons Navigation arrows, right and left, for the photo slideshow in the bottom corner of the screen. To skip to sections of the slideshow, click the Table of Contents Table of Content buttons that looks like bulleted list button.  Then select a section.