Hawaii-born Broadway actress returns to stage months after deadly car crash

Hawaii-born Broadway actress returns to stage months after deadly car crash

LONDON (HawaiiNewsNow) - Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein has returned to the stage for the first time since a crash in New York killed her 4-year-old daughter and resulted in the loss of her unborn child.

The Hawaii-born actress reprised her Tony Award-winning role as Lady Thiang in "The King and I" at the London Palladium on Friday.

Her costar Kelli O'Hara tweeted during the performance, saying, "She is singing like an angel and commanding the stage with a heavenly force. An inspiration to all."

Blumenstein, whose stage name is Ruthie Ann Miles, had to use a cane to steady her stride and also needed to take short breaks as she walked on stage, according to the New York Post.

On March 5, Blumenstein was walking in a Brooklyn crosswalk when a driver allegedly ran a red light and plowed into the group she was with, including two others with Hawaii ties: Lauren Lew and her 1-year-old son, Joshua.

That crash killed Joshua, as well as Blumenstein's daughter, Abigail. Lew and Blumenstein were also both injured.

Blumenstein was hospitalized in critical condition. During her recovery, doctors initially said the unborn baby was not harmed. However, she lost the child about two months later.

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