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Jacques Levy, 69; was director of 'Oh! Calcutta!'

NEW YORK -- Jacques Levy, a Broadway director most noted for the musical "Oh! Calcutta," died Sept. 30 of cancer at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 69.

Active in Off Broadway and regional theater, Mr. Levy directed the original production in 1969 and its revival in 1976, for 7,273 performances in all. The free-form satire was known for its brazen display of nudity.

He also directed the musical comedy version of the comic strip "Doonesbury" for the 1983-84 season, wrote songs for such performers as Carly Simon and Crystal Gayle, and wrote lyrics for the musical "Fame."

Born in New York, Mr. Levy graduated from City College in 1956 and earned advanced degrees from Michigan State University.

Originally he practiced clinical psychology at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan.

In 1966, he co-directed Jean-Claude van Itallie's "America Hurrah" with avant-garde pioneer Joseph Chaikin. The next year he directed Bruce Jay Friedman's "Scuba Duba."

Mr. Levy also taught directing and playwriting at schools including New York University, Columbia, and Yale.

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