Suburban musical theater favorite killed in Indiana crash

  • Kelly Anne Clark, from left, Bernie Yvon, Johanna McKenzie Miller and Alex Goodrich starred in Marriott Theatre's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a musical revue chronicling the stages of romance from dating to parenthood to divorce to death.

    Kelly Anne Clark, from left, Bernie Yvon, Johanna McKenzie Miller and Alex Goodrich starred in Marriott Theatre's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a musical revue chronicling the stages of romance from dating to parenthood to divorce to death. Photo by Peter Coombs and Marriott Theatre

  • Director Gary Griffin tapped top-flight talent Bernie Yvon and Johanna McKenzie Miller to star as smooth-talking Harold Hill and skeptical Marian Paroo in Marriott Theatre's "The Music Man."

    Director Gary Griffin tapped top-flight talent Bernie Yvon and Johanna McKenzie Miller to star as smooth-talking Harold Hill and skeptical Marian Paroo in Marriott Theatre's "The Music Man." Courtesy of Joan Athey and Peaceworks Now Productions

  • Mary (Summer Naomi Smart) and Bert (Bernie Yvon) enjoyed a jolly holiday in director Gary Griffin's production of "Mary Poppins" last winter at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    Mary (Summer Naomi Smart) and Bert (Bernie Yvon) enjoyed a jolly holiday in director Gary Griffin's production of "Mary Poppins" last winter at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Photo by Peter Coombs and Marriott Theatre

 
 
Updated 9/6/2014 4:41 PM

Bernie Yvon, an accomplished musical theater actor and near constant presence on the suburban scene, died Saturday following a crash in Munster, Indiana, police confirmed.

Yvon was en route to a rehearsal at the Theatre at the Centre in Indiana, when his car was struck by a semitrailer on Calumet Avenue, minutes from the theater said general manager Richard Friedman.

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"He had called us saying he was going to be a couple of minutes late," Friedman said. "When he didn't come, the production manager and crew chief heard there had been an accident and went to the site" where they saw Yvon's car.

"I'm sure Bernie didn't do anything wrong," said a tearful Friedman.

The singer-dancer had co-starred recently in Marriott Theatre productions of "Mary Poppins" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." He was on his way to a rehearsal for Theatre at the Centre's production of the musical "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

"He was always happy. Every time you saw Bernie, he was never down," Friedman said. "It's a great loss."

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