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Rosh Lowe must annoy the hell out of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office and have a really friendly relationship with the lawyers at his local coffee shop. The dude can summon the developing-news banner a week in advance of the release of an official affidavit with something as vague as "some cops are in hot water in the City of Miami." No TV reporter can cobble together more dramatic footage for a news package. He can motivate a victim to lie on the ground in front of the camera to reenact a mugging for the sake of the most thorough report. And no TV news journalist working the street beat seems as deeply in touch with mortality as Lowe. He knows the right words to not only get a distraught person on camera but also have that guy break down while considering his loss, adding the right context to remind 7News viewers that they better be grateful to still have their sorry lives.
From theater to TV: Former child star now WSVN reporter Rosh Lowe
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, AUGUST 4, 2015
Where’s that boy with the bugle? Turns out Auntie Mame’s little nephew Patrick is all grown up and now reporting the news for Channel 7.
Even Mame composer Jerry Herman, who lives in Miami Beach, had no idea one-time Broadway child star Roshi Handwerger is the same person as WSVN general assignment reporter Rosh Lowe.
“For three years I have watched newscaster Rosh Lowe, never knowing he was my young Patrick grown up,” says the legendary composer, who also wrote the scores for Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!, Mack & Mabel and La Cage aux Folles. “Mame would be so proud!”
Lowe, 41, grew up in Rye, New York, the son of an orthodontist with a passion for theater. “The first time I ever performed was when I was 5 years old at the Rye Community Synagogue for a production of Noah’s Ark,” Lowe says. “I fell in love with connecting with an audience. I had this love for connecting with a room of people, which is what I do today. Part of being a TV news reporter is being able to connect with an audience.”
In 1982, Lowe’s dad, Edmund, took him to audition for a Central Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Joseph Papp discovered me and gave me a role,” Lowe recalls.
“The next year, I got my big break,” he continues, recalling an open audition for the 1983 Broadway revival of Mame starring Angela Lansbury.
“There were hundreds of kids there. I knew that when I got up there to sing — it was My Best Girl — I had a few moments to connect with the casting director,” Lowe says. “I got called back and had to sing for Angela Lansbury herself. When I walked in there and saw Angela, I said to myself, ‘Please, God, let me get this role.’ At that point I wasn’t very religious but I said, ‘Please God: Let me look Angela right in the eye and sing this song from the bottom of my heart. Let me connect with her.’ When I walked out, the casting director said, ‘That’s my Patrick Dennis.’”