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Benjamin Scheuer and a life told in heartbreaking song at the Geffen

Benjamin Scheuer and a life told in heartbreaking song at the Geffen

When he was 13, singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer got into a terrible fight with his dad.  Son wrote father a mean note afterward. A few days later, before the pair had reconciled, Scheuer’s father had a brain aneurysm and died.

A lasting image from the end of his father’s life: the stern mathematician tangled in his bed sheets, wearing only white underwear.

“White Underwear”  is one of the most heartbreaking songs in Scheuer’s one-man musical, “The Lion,” which comes to  the Geffen Playhouse on Wednesday.

Mortality — how intimate knowledge of it changes a person — is at the heart of the show, which...

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