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Oscar and Tony-Winning Producer Martin Richards Dies at Age 80

Oscar and Tony-Winning Producer Martin Richards Dies at Age 80

Martin Richards, a colorful Oscar and Tony-winning producer whose entertainment career spanned seven decades, died at his home in New York City on November 26 after a long illness, a family spokesperson confirmed to Broadway.com. He was 80. 

Richards’ productions of Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles and The Will Rogers Follies won Tonys for Best Musical, and ...

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Promises, Promises Lyricist Hal David Dies at Age 91

Promises, Promises Lyricist Hal David Dies at Age 91

Hal David, lyricist of the Broadway musical Promises, Promises and dozens of pop hits in partnership with composer Burt Bacharach, died in Los Angeles on September 1 after suffering a stroke. He was 91.

David collaborated with Bacharach and librettist Neil Simon on Promises, Promises, a musical adaptation of The Apartment, which opened on Broadway in 1968 and spawned hits ...

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Comedian and Broadway Dolly Phyllis Diller Dies at Age 95

Comedian and Broadway Dolly Phyllis Diller Dies at Age 95

Pioneering stand-up comedian and comic actress Phyllis Diller died on August 20 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 95 and had been in declining health after a fall.

Diller’s varied credits included a 1969 stint in the title role of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, following Pearl Bailey and preceding the show’s final leading lady, Ethel Merman. A talented ...

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Original Oklahoma! Star Joan Roberts Dies at Age 95

Original Oklahoma! Star Joan Roberts Dies at Age 95

Joan Roberts, who created the role of Laurey in the 1943 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, died on August 13 of congestive heart failure in Stamford, Connecticut, according to her son, John Donlon. She was 95.

Born on July 15, 1917, in New York City, Roberts made her professional debut at five in an episode of the Our ...

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Marvin Hamlisch, Oscar and Tony-Winning Composer of A Chorus Line, Dies at Age 68

Marvin Hamlisch, Oscar and Tony-Winning Composer of A Chorus Line, Dies at Age 68

Marvin Hamlisch, the prolific Tony-winning composer of A Chorus Line and a three-time Oscar winner for his work on The Sting and The Way We Were, died on August 6 at age 68 after what a spokesperson termed “a brief illness.” Hamlisch had been active in the months leading up to his death prepping the Nashville debut of a ...

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Mark O'Donnell, Tony-Winning Co-Author of Hairspray, Dies at Age 58

Mark O'Donnell, Tony-Winning Co-Author of Hairspray, Dies at Age 58

Mark O’Donnell, who won a 2003 Tony Award for co-authoring the book of the hit musical Hairspray with Thomas Meehan, died on August 6 after collapsing outside his apartment building on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. He was 58.

In addition to Hairspray, O’Donnell collaborated with Meehan on the book for the 2008 musical adaptation of Cry-Baby, which earned the pair ...

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Gore Vidal, Celebrated Novelist, Essayist and Author of The Best Man, Dies at 86

Gore Vidal, Celebrated Novelist, Essayist and Author of The Best Man, Dies at 86

Gore Vidal, the acclaimed novelist, essayist and author of the Tony-nominated play The Best Man, died on July 31 at his home in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.

Vidal’s prolific writing career spanned more than 60 years and included the novels The City and the Pillar, Julian, Myra Breckinridge, Burr, Kalki, 1876, Lincoln, Empire, Hollywood and ...

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Sherman Hemsley, Who Moved On Up from Broadway to The Jeffersons, Dies at 74

Sherman Hemsley, Who Moved On Up from Broadway to The Jeffersons, Dies at 74

Sherman Hemsley, best known as George Jefferson on the '70s sitcom The Jeffersons, died at his El Paso, TX home on July 24, according to TMZ. Before appearing on the hit series, Hemsley starred as Gitlow in the original 1970 Broadway production of Purlie. He reprised the role when the musical returned to Broaday in 1972. A cause of death ...

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Oscar Winner and Original Oklahoma! Star Celeste Holm Dies at Age 95

Oscar Winner and Original Oklahoma! Star Celeste Holm Dies at Age 95

Celeste Holm, the Academy Award-winning actress who created the role of Ado Annie in the Broadway musical Oklahoma!, died at her Manhattan home on July 15. She was 95 and had recently suffered a heart attack.

Holm’s Broadway career spanned more than five decades, from her debut in the short-lived 1938 comedy Gloriana to Paul Rudnick’s 1991 comedy I Hate ...

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Tony-Winning Costume Designer Martin Pakledinaz Dies at 58

Tony-Winning Costume Designer Martin Pakledinaz Dies at 58

Tony-winning costume designer Martin Pakledinaz died on July 8 at the age of 58. During his 30-year plus career Pakledinaz worked on over 30 Broadway plays and musicals, as well as many off-Broadway productions.

Pakledinaz was born on September 1, 1953 and grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Pakledinaz studied directing and ...

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TV Icon and Tony Nominee Andy Griffith Dies at 86

TV Icon and Tony Nominee Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Two-time Tony nominee Andy Griffith, beloved for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor on TV's The Andy Griffith Show, passed away at his home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, according to WITN News. He was 86 years old.

Griffith was born and raised in North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In ...

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Richard Adler, Composer of The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, Dies at Age 90

Richard Adler, Composer of The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, Dies at Age 90

Richard Adler, the Tony-winning composer of The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, passed away on June 21 at his home in Southampton, New York. He was 90 years old.

Adler was born in New York City in 1921. Adler graudated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1943, and served in the U.S. Naval reserve during ...

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Tony-Nominated American Buffalo Director Ulu Grosbard Dies at Age 83

Tony-Nominated American Buffalo Director Ulu Grosbard Dies at Age 83

Ulu Grosbard, a Tony-nominated director who was equally accomplished in theater and film, passed away in Manhattan some time around March 19. He was 83 years old.

Grosbard was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1929. He was named Israel, but was nicknamed Ulu by his older brother Jack. When World War II consumed Europe, Ulu and his family fled to ...

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Mary Poppins and ‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

Mary Poppins and ‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Robert Sherman passed away on March 5 in London at the age of 86. His death was announced by his son Jeff via Facebook. 

Along with his brother Richard, Robert Sherman wrote some of Disney’s best known songs such as “It’s a Small World (After All)” as well as music for the films ...

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Davy Jones, Tony Nominee and Member of the Monkees, Dies at Age 66

Davy Jones, Tony Nominee and Member of the Monkees, Dies at Age 66

David “Davy” Jones, who went from Tony-nominated teen actor to pop icon as a member of the Monkees, died in his sleep of a heart attack on February 29 in Stuart, Florida. He was 66 and lived in Stuart and Beavertown, PA.

Born in Manchester, England, on December 30, 1945, Jones began acting as a teenager in the TV soap ...

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Tony Nominee Dick Anthony Williams Dies at Age 77

Tony Nominee Dick Anthony Williams Dies at Age 77

Dick Anthony Williams, who earned Tony nominations for his roles in Black Picture Show and What the Wine-Sellers Buy, died February 16 in Los Angeles. He was 77 years-old.

Born in Chicago on August 9, 1934, Williams had polio as a child and took up acting in college. He made his Broadway debut in Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural ...

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Theater Critic Howard Kissel Dies at Age 69

Theater Critic Howard Kissel Dies at Age 69

Howard Kissel, who served as chief theater critic for the New York Daily News for 20 years, died on February 24 at his home in Manhattan. The 69-year-old writer had been suffering from complications from an April 2010 liver transplant. Broadway theaters will dim their lights in his honor for one minute on February 28 at 7PM. 

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Tony Winner and Circle in the Square Co-Founder Theodore Mann Dies at 87

Tony Winner and Circle in the Square Co-Founder Theodore Mann Dies at 87

Theodore Mann, co-founder and Artistic Director of Circle in the Square, passed away on February 24. He was 87 years old. Broadway theaters will dim their lights on at 8PM on February 24 in his honor for one minute.

Mann has produced and/or directed more than 250 productions including Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Glass ...

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Three-Time Tony-Nominated Actor Ben Gazzara Dies at 81

Three-Time Tony-Nominated Actor Ben Gazzara Dies at 81

Influential actor of the stage and screen Ben Gazzara, a veteran of the original Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway and more than 55 films, passed away from pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan on February 3, according to The New York Times. He was 81 years old.

Gazzara was born on August 28, 1930 ...

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The Sound of Music Tony Winner Patricia Neway Dies at 92

The Sound of Music Tony Winner Patricia Neway Dies at 92

Actress and operatic soprano Patricia Neway, who won a Tony Award for creating the role of Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music on Broadway, died of natural causes in Corinth, Vermont on January 24. She was 92 years old.

Born in Brooklyn in 1919, Neway earned a degree in mathematics from Staten Island’s Notre Dame College before going on ...

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Tony Nominee and Spider-Man Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka Dies at 73

Tony Nominee and Spider-Man Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka Dies at 73

Two-time Tony-nominated designer Eiko Ishioka, who recently served as costume designer for Broadway’s Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony, passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 26, according to The New York Times. She was 73 years old.

Ishioka was born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo. She attended the Tokyo National University, graduating in ...

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Two-Time Tony-Nominated Actor Nicol Williamson Dead at 75

Two-Time Tony-Nominated Actor Nicol Williamson Dead at 75

Revered British actor and two-time Tony nominee Nicol Williamson passed away from esophageal cancer on December 16 in Amsterdam. He was 75 years old.

Born in 1936 in Hamilton, Scotland, Williamson was considered by some critics to be among the finest actors of his generation in the late 1960s and '70s, along with contemporaries like Albert Finney and Richard Burton ...

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Theatrical Video Producer Bradshaw Smith Dies at Age 57

Theatrical Video Producer Bradshaw Smith Dies at Age 57

Video producer Bradshaw Smith, a fixture at theatrical events in collaboration with reporter/producer Richard Ridge, died on January 16 after suffering a sudden stroke. He was 57 and lived in Manhattan and Cherry Grove, Fire Island.

Born on April 14, 1954, in Derby Connecticut, Smith arrived in New York in the mid-70s and launched a career as a cabaret ...

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Veteran Character Actor William Duell Dies at 88

Veteran Character Actor William Duell Dies at 88

Character actor William Duell, a veteran of 14 Broadway shows and over 20 films, passed away from respiratory failure at his home in Manhattan on December 22, according to the New York Times. He was 88 years old.

Duell was born on August 30, 1923, in Corinth, NY. He attended Green Mountain College in Vermont, and after serving as a ...

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Ken Russell, Director of Tommy, The Boy Friend and Other Films, Dies at 84

Ken Russell, Director of Tommy, The Boy Friend and Other Films, Dies at 84

Ken Russell, the Oscar-nominated British director who translated the Who’s concept album Tommy into a 1975 film, died in his sleep on November 27. According to his actress wife, Lisi Tribble, Russell had been developing a musical film version of Alice in Wonderland and preparing for the re-release of his controversial 1971 film The Devils at the time of his ...

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