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Sophiya Haque, Who Had Been Appearing in the West End's Privates on Parade, Dies at Age 41

Sophiya Haque, Who Had Been Appearing in the West End's Privates on Parade, Dies at Age 41

Actress Sophiya Haque, who had been appearing in Michael Grandage's West End production of Privates on Parade, died on January 16 at age 41. The cause was cancer.

Haque left Privates on Parade shortly before Christmas. Her other stage credits included Bombay Dreams, Wah Wah Girls, Britain's Got Bhangra, The Vagina Monologues and The Far Pavilions.

Haque began ...

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Tony-Winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Star Charles Durning Dead at 89

Tony-Winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Star Charles Durning Dead at 89

Tony winner Charles Durning died at the age of 89 on December 24 of natural causes in Manhattan, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Born on February 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, New York, Durning made his Broadway debut as an understudy in 1964's Poor Bitos. During his career he appeard in the original Broadway production of That Championship ...

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The Odd Couple Star and Gypsy Tony Nominee Jack Klugman Dead at 90

The Odd Couple Star and Gypsy Tony Nominee Jack Klugman Dead at 90

Famed actor Jack Klugman died at the age of 90 on December 24 at his home in Woodland Hills, California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Born on April 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Klugman was perhaps best known for his Emmy-winning turn as Oscar Madison on the hit TV series The Odd Couple. Klugman took over the role in the ...

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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 he ...

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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 ...

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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 new ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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