The 87-year-old Broadway making a song trainer Barbara Maier Gustern remained in a coma Monday after a random assault out of doors her condominium in Long island’s Chelsea community left her with critical mind trauma.
Gustern, who coached the solid of Daniel Fish’s acclaimed 2019 Broadway revival of Oklahoma!, was once on her solution to the Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub venue to observe the efficiency of a pupil closing Thursday when she was once shoved to the bottom from at the back of by way of an unknown girl. Crime Stoppers NYPD launched safety pictures of the suspect, who police described as a feminine with lengthy darkish hair dressed in a black jacket and a white skirt or get dressed.
No arrests were made.
In step with a Fb message posted by way of Gustern’s grandson AJ Gustern, the trainer and singer has been subconscious and intubated at Bellevue Clinical Heart because the evening of the assault – she was once in short mindful when EMS arrived, and was once ready to supply an outline of the assault – and was once affected by nerve-racking harm to the left aspect of her mind. “Will have to she wide awake, she’s going to in all probability undergo speech issues and is also not able to transport her proper aspect,” her grandson wrote. “This can be a very critical damage.”
Gustern, whose scholars have incorporated playwright and actor Taylor Mac, performer Justin Vivian Bond and singer Debbie Harry, was once rehearsing an upcoming cabaret display at her Chelsea condominium together with her collaborators Barbara Bleier, Paul Greenwood and actor/playwright Austin Pendleton when she left to wait the Joe’s Pub live performance. Bleir gave the next account on Fb of what then took place:
At about 8:30 closing evening, Barbara, Austin Pendleton, Paul Greenwood and I stopped a practice session for the display that we have been to have this coming Sunday. The practice session was once at Barbara’s house on West twenty eighth Side road. Once we were given downstairs, Barbara rushed out to get to a overdue display, Paul left, and Austin waited within the foyer with me for a automobile to return. Inside of a couple of mins, there was once a pounding at the foyer door, and a tender guy was once serving to a badly wounded and bleeding Barbara into the foyer. She, and the younger guy have been ready to let us know that she have been attacked by way of a lady, most likely in her 30’s, and to explain the lady slightly. We referred to as 911 for an ambulance, and Barbara was once ready to inform the EMS group of workers her identify, the date, and so forth. Alternatively, as soon as within the ambulance, she changed into much less coherent and started to lose awareness. As soon as on the emergency heart, checks have been performed and a mind bleed was once recognized. She was once taken to the closest trauma heart, and we have been suggested that we’d no longer be allowed in because of COVID protocols. The neurosurgeon referred to as me inside the hour, and suggested rapid surgical operation, since she was once deemed in excellent sufficient well being to bear the surgical operation, and force at the mind and additional bleeding needed to be avoided. They proceeded with surgical operation, and Barbara has long gone from important to solid situation at this level.