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Late Gay TV Star's Play Eyes Broadway


A devoted cousin is crowdsourcing in an attempt to produce The Lost Boy by Ron Palillo, best known as Welcome Back Kotter's Horshack.

New York real estate broker Dominic Paolillo is crowdsourcing in an attempt to produce The Lost Boy, his late cousin's 2005 play about author J.M. Barrie and his creation of Peter Pan.

Best known as loudmouthed student Horshack on the hit '70s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter, actor Ron Palillo -- born Ronald Gabriel Paolillo -- died unexpectedly in 2012 at age 63. He is survived by his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, a retired actor.

"After Ron's untimely death in 2012 his dream of personally bringing this brilliant show to Broadway ended. We are committed to changing that with your help," writes Paolillo on the project's Indiegogo fundraising page.

The Lost Boy, currently in pre-production, is aiming for a summer/fall 2014 debut off-Broadway with hopes of a Broadway transfer.

"This is a project of the heart for me and a brilliant piece of theater," Paolillo tells The Advocate.

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