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Derek Walcott, Who Collaborated with Paul Simon on Broadway’s The Capeman, Has Died

Derek Walcott, Who Collaborated with Paul Simon on Broadway’s The Capeman, Has Died

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott, who earned a 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature and worked with Paul Simon on the short-lived Broadway musical The Capeman, died today in St. Lucia at age 87.

Walcott was born and grew up in Castries, Saint Lucia with a twin brother, future playwright Roderick Walcott, and his sister, Pamela Walcott. His mother was a teacher ...

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Stage and Screen Legend Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

Stage and Screen Legend Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

Beloved stage and screen icon Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80. Her death was confirmed to the Associated Press by her publicist. Though Moore is most known for her Emmy and Golden Globe-winning performances on The Mary Tyler Moore Show—the first series to center around a single career woman—and The Dick Van Dyke Show, she ...

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Star Wars Icon Carrie Fisher, Who Headlined on Broadway, is Dead at 60

Star Wars Icon Carrie Fisher, Who Headlined on Broadway, is Dead at 60

Stage and screen icon Carrie Fisher died on December 27 at UCLA Medical Center. She was just 60 years old. The Star Wars actress went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles, before being taken to the hospital upon landing. Publicist Simon Halls confirmed the news to People.

Last seen on Broadway in 2009-10 with her ...

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Tony-Winning Broadway Vet George S. Irving is Dead at 94

Tony-Winning Broadway Vet George S. Irving is Dead at 94

Broadway vet George S. Irving died on December 26. He was 94. Best known for his character roles on the Main Stem, he won a Tony in 1973 for Irene.

The son of Abraham and Rebecca Shelasky, Irving was born George Irving Shelasky in Springfield, Massachusetts on November 1, 1922. A boy soprano in his youth, Irving made his Broadway ...

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Dick Latessa, a Broadway Veteran & Tony Winner for Hairspray, Dies at 87

Dick Latessa, a Broadway Veteran & Tony Winner for Hairspray,  Dies at 87

Dick Latessa, who won a Tony Award in 2003 for his performance in Hairspray, has died at the age of 87. Hairspray composer and co-lyricist Marc Shaiman shared the news on Facebook, writing “Hairspray (and Broadway) has lost a huge piece of its heart. We were lucky to have him in our lives, he was, truly, timeless.” 

Born ...

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Alice Drummond, Tony-Nominated Stage & Screen Actress, Dies at 88

Alice Drummond, Tony-Nominated Stage & Screen Actress, Dies at 88

Alice Drummond, a stage and screen character actress who received a Tony nomination in 1970, has died at the age of 88. Her death, caused by complications from a fall earlier this year, was confirmed to The New York Times by her friend June Gable.

Drummond made her Broadway debut in the 1959 revival of Lysistrata. She went on to ...

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Tony Winner & Emmy Nominee Fritz Weaver Dies at the Age of 90

Tony Winner & Emmy Nominee Fritz Weaver Dies at the Age of 90

Fritz Weaver, the stage and screen performer who won a Tony Award in 1970, has died at the age of 90. His death was confirmed to The New York Times by his son-in-law, Bruce Ostler.

Weaver earned a Tony in 1970 for his leading performance in Robert Marasco’s Catholic school-set Child’s Play; his co-star Ken Howard also won for Featured ...

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Tony Winner Tammy Grimes, Original Star of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Dies at 82

Tony Winner Tammy Grimes, Original Star of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Dies at 82

Tammy Grimes, a two-time Tony winner whose raspy timbre captivated audiences in performances such as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, died on October 30 at the age of 82. Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her nephew Duncan MacArthur.

Prior to winning a Tony Award in 1961 for headlining The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Grimes appeared off-Broadway in ...

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Olivier-Winning Director Howard Davies Dies at 71

Olivier-Winning Director Howard Davies Dies at 71

Olivier Award-winning director Howard Davies died on October 25 at the age of 71. His death, which followed a brief battle with cancer, was confirmed to BBC News by his family.

Davies won Olivier Awards for directing The Iceman Cometh, All My Sons and The White Guard. On Broadway, he received Tony nominations for his work helming Les Liaisons Dangereuses ...

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Dario Fo, Nobel Prize-Winning & Controversial Playwright & Satirist, Dies at 90

Dario Fo, Nobel Prize-Winning & Controversial Playwright & Satirist, Dies at 90

Dario Fo, the Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright whose frequent collaborations with his wife Franca Rame drew universal dissension, died on October 13. His death, which followed two weeks of hospitalization in Milan for back pain, was confirmed to the New York Times by his Italian publisher, Chiarelettere. He was 90 years old.

In 1984, Fo’s play Accidental Death of an ...

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Legendary Three-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Edward Albee Dead at 88

Legendary Three-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Edward Albee Dead at 88

Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright Edward Albee died at his home in Montauk on September 16 at the age of 88, according to his longtime personal assistant, Jakob Holder. He passed away peacefully following a short illness.

Albee wrote more than 30 plays, including Zoo StoryThe Death of Bessie Smith, The Sandbox, Fam and Yam, The American Dream, The Ballad ...

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Jack Hofsiss, Tony-Winning Director of The Elephant Man, Dies at 65

Jack Hofsiss, Tony-Winning Director of The Elephant Man, Dies at 65

Jack Hofsiss, a Tony Award winner for directing the original production of The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 65, according to Deadline. His death was confirmed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hofsiss was born in 1950 in Brooklyn, where he attended a Jesuit high school. It was there that Hofsiss learned to find a ...

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Signature Theatre's Founder James Houghton Dead at 57

Signature Theatre's Founder James Houghton Dead at 57

Signature Theatre's founder James Houghton passed away at his home in Manhattan on August 2 after a two year battle with stomach cancer. He was 57 years old.

Under Houghton’s leadership as Founding Artistic Director, Signature Theatre became one of the country’s preeminent theater companies. Signature was the first company to dedicate a full season to a living writer’s body ...

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Broadway Theater Legend Jimmy Nederlander Sr. is Dead at 94

Broadway Theater Legend Jimmy Nederlander Sr. is Dead at 94

Broadway is in mourning today. Theatrical titan James M. Nederlander, Chairman of the Nederlander Organization, died last night in New York. He was 94. Known as “Jimmy,” Nederlander was a visionary impresario who built one of the largest private live entertainment companies in the world, with his portfolio including nine Broadway theaters: the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff ...

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Five-Time Tony Nominee John McMartin, Star of Follies, Sweet Charity & More, Dies at 86

Five-Time Tony Nominee John McMartin, Star of Follies, Sweet Charity & More, Dies at 86

John McMartin, Tony Award-nominated actor of stage and screen, has died at the age of 86 following a battle with cancer. A death notice for the performer appeared in the New York Times on July 7.

A Tony nominee for Sweet Charity, Don Juan, Show Boat, High Society and Into the Woods, McMartin is best known for creating the role ...

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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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