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Peter Shaffer, Tony & Oscar-Winning Writer of Equus & Amadeus, Dies at the Age of 90

Peter Shaffer, Tony & Oscar-Winning Writer of Equus & Amadeus, Dies at the Age of 90

Peter Shaffer, a Tony and Oscar winner whose works included Equus and Amadeus, died on June 6 at the age of 90. His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his agent, Rupert Lord. Shaffer was visiting Ireland with his friends and family at the time of his passing.

Shaffer was born in Liverpool on May 15, 1926 to ...

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James P. Gatens, Veteran Broadway Box Office Treasurer, Dead at 71

James P. Gatens, Veteran Broadway Box Office Treasurer, Dead at 71

The Broadway community is mourning the passing of veteran Main Stem box office treasurer James P. Gatens, who died on April 19 at the age of 71. The marquee of the Ambassador Theatre will be dimmed in his memory on April 25 at approximately 7:45 PM prior to the evening performance of Chicago.

Gatens was a long-time box office ...

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Tony Nominee Anne Jackson, Frequent Co-Star of Husband Eli Wallach, Dies at 90

Tony Nominee Anne Jackson, Frequent Co-Star of Husband Eli Wallach, Dies at 90

Anne Jackson, a Tony nominee who celebrated an illustrious career with the late Eli Wallach—her partner on stage and off—died on April 12. She was 90 years old. Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her daughter, Katherine Wallach.

Jackson, the youngest of three daughters, was born on September 3, 1926, in Millvale, Pennsylvania. Her family moved ...

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British Stage & Screen Favorite Alan Rickman Dead at 69

British Stage & Screen Favorite Alan Rickman Dead at 69

Alan Rickman, the much-loved British star of stage and screen, died in London on January 14, surrounded by family and friends. The two-time Tony nominee was 69 years old. According to the BBC, Rickman had been suffering from cancer.

Rickman’s breakthrough role occurred in the theater, with Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and he was nominated for a 1987 Tony ...

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Tony Winner Brian Bedford Dead at 80

Tony Winner Brian Bedford Dead at 80

Tony winner Brian Bedford, who last appeared on the Broadway stage as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, died on January 13 at the age of 80. The cause was cancer, according to the New York Times.

Born on February 16, 1935 in West Riding of Yorkshire, Bedford grew up in a home with no hot water, where ...

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Broadway Vet & Ghostbusters Mayor David Margulies Dead at 78

Broadway Vet & Ghostbusters Mayor David Margulies Dead at 78

Broadway vet and Ghostbusters mayor David Margulies died on January 11, reports the New York Daily News. He was 78 years old.

Margulies was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Runya and Harry David Margulies, a nurse and lawyer, respectively. Soon after graduating from the City College of New York, Margulies made his stage debut in 1958’s Golden 6 ...

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Elizabeth Swados, Musical Theater Progressive & Composer of Runaways, Dies at 64

Elizabeth Swados, Musical Theater Progressive & Composer of Runaways, Dies at 64

Elizabeth Swados, a prolific musical theater artist whose works included the socially charged Runaways, died on January 5 in New York. She was 64. Her death, caused by surgery complications after battling esophageal cancer, was confirmed to the New York Times by her wife, Roz Lichter.

Runaways premiered as a cabaret in February 1978 at the Public Theater before moving ...

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Tony Winner Patricia Elliott Dead at 77

Tony Winner Patricia Elliott Dead at 77

Patricia Elliott, the Tony Award-winning stage and television actress, died on December 20 at her home in Manhattan. She was 77 years old. The cause of death was a rare cancer, Leimyloma sarcoma, said her niece, Sally Fay.

Born in Gunnison, Colorado, on July 21, 1938, to Clyde Porterfield Elliott and the former Lavon Lucille Gibson, she was a direct ...

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Alan Weeks, Known for Ain't Misbehavin', Funny Girl & More, Dies at 67

Alan Weeks, Known for Ain't Misbehavin', Funny Girl & More, Dies at 67

Broadway veteran Alan Weeks died at the age of 67 on October 10, his family announced. Among his numerous theatrical credits were Ain’t Misbehavin', The Wiz and Funny Girl.

Weeks was born in 1948 in Brooklyn. He made his Broadway debut just 10 years later in The Body Beautiful. He then performed in the 1961 revival of The Octoroon and ...

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Tony-Winning Playwright Brian Friel Dead at 86

Tony-Winning Playwright Brian Friel Dead at 86

Dancing at Lughnasa Tony winner Brian Friel died on October 2 at the age of 86. According to The New York Times, no cause of death was given for the playwright sometimes called "the Irish Chekhov." Friel lived in County Donegal, Ireland.

Friel was born on January 9 (or possibly January 10), 1929 in Killyclogher, County Tyrone. After initially ...

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