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Harry Chapin’s widow a surprise guest at Majestic

Sandy Chapin, the widow of Harry Chapin, with Danny Eaton, the producing director of the Majestic Theatre.

Lee Chambers

Sandy Chapin, the widow of Harry Chapin, with Danny Eaton, the producing director of the Majestic Theatre.

The elderly woman, quiet and unassuming, walked into the Majestic Theatre in West Springfield Saturday afternoon. She’d been driving past, she explained, when she saw the marquee advertising the theatre’s latest show, “Lies & Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin.”

The woman, it turned out, was Sandy Chapin, the widow of the singer whose music — including the classic “Cat’s in the Cradle” — is the basis of the show. (Harry Chapin died in a car accident in 1981.) A Springfield native, Chapin told the theater’s staff that she was in town to see her granddaughters compete in a gymnastics event, and had no idea the musical was at the Majestic.

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“It was just an amazing coincidence,” Majestic spokeswoman Lee Chambers told us. “We were stunned.”

Chapin had to leave that afternoon, but before going she signed a copy of her book, “Story of a Life: The Harry Chapin Family Album,” and gave it to the Majestic’s producing director Danny Eaton. She also booked a seat for the next day’s matinee performance.

“She was very moved by the show,” said Chambers.

Chapin came by herself and hung around afterward to meet the cast and pose for pictures.

Said Eaton, the producing director: “It was truly amazing. The final number in our show is Harry’s song ‘All My Life’s a Circle,’ and we’ve had plenty of proof of that with this production, including having fate bring Sandy our way for this visit.”

“Lies & Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin” runs through May 26.

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