June 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm #1202929784
Theater memoriam for people passing away from mid June 2019 to early June 2020, who should be mentioned on the 2020 Tony Awards.June 12, 2019 at 2:58 pm #1202935065
Two passings:June 15, 2019 at 7:42 am #1202938917
Tony-nominated director/scenic designer Franco Zeffirelli passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/franco-zeffirelli-dead-romeo-juliet-920639June 17, 2019 at 7:56 am #1202941539
Actress/fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, who appeared in the short-lived Broadway play The Time Of Your Life in 1955, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gloria-vanderbilt-dead-fashion-icon-886196June 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm #1202947439
John M. ‘Jack’ Allison, who was a theater teacher and director in the United States, Canada, and Europe, has died this past Sunday at the age of 78 in East Northport, New York.
https://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/theater-professor-and-director-jack-allison-dies_89123.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=21jun2019June 24, 2019 at 8:29 am #1202949670
William F. Brown, who was the Tony nominated book writer behind The Wiz, has died at the age of 91.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/THE-WIZ-Librettist-William-F-Brown-Passes-Away-Age-91-20190624June 26, 2019 at 6:06 pm #1202953122
Tony-nominated actor Max Wright passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/max-wright-dead-alf-dad-tony-nominated-actor-was-75-1221314June 26, 2019 at 6:40 pm #1202953172
I literally had no idea that Max Wright (the dad from ALF) was a Broadway veteran. He was Tony nominated in 1998 for his performance as Pavel Lebedev in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov starring Kevin Kline. Below is a video of the presentation for Best Featured Actor in a Play at the 52nd Tony Awards, where Wright lost to Tom Murphy for The Beauty Queen of Leanne.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV2Z13KgPEcJune 28, 2019 at 2:04 pm #1202955364
Music executive/producer Mickey Kapp, who produced the original Broadway cast recording of Man Of La Mancha, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mickey-kapp-dead-at-88-music-exec-gave-astronauts-space-travel-songs-1221535June 29, 2019 at 9:10 am #1202955981
Two more passings:
South Korean stage and screen actress Jeon Mi-seon. https://variety.com/2019/film/asia/korea-actress-jeon-mi-seon-dies-dead-in-apparent-suicide-1203256390/
Playwright, actor, and lyricist Edward Gallardo. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/edward-gallardo-dead-playwright-dies-at-70-1221854July 3, 2019 at 10:34 am #1202960977
Sid Ramin, who was responsible for the original orchestrations for West Side Story, Gypsy, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, has died at the age of 100.
http://www.playbill.com/article/sid-ramin-oscar-winning-orchestrator-of-west-side-story-and-gypsy-dies-at-100July 3, 2019 at 11:46 am #1202961082
Actor Arte Johnson passed away. While he was best known for being a cast member of the sketch comedy series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, he did appear on Broadway twice in the 1955 play No Time For Sergeants and the 1997 revival of Candide. https://variety.com/2019/tv/obituaries-people-news/arte-johnson-dead-dies-laugh-in-1203259167/July 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm #1202962734
Spiro Malas, who was a joy in the 1992 revival of The Most Happy Fella, has died at 86. That was a wonderful production.July 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm #1202963551
Actor Paul Benjamin, who appeared on Broadway in Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paul-benjamin-dead-actor-do-right-thing-was-81-1222701July 7, 2019 at 6:38 am #1202964669
Veteran director and lyricist Martin Charnin has died at the age of 84.
After having started out on Broadway as an actor in the original production of West Side Story, Martin Charnin then transitioned into writing lyrics for several musicals such as Hot Spot, La Strada, and Two By Two. Perhaps his most famous credit was not only writing the lyrics, but also directing the original Broadway production of the beloved 1977 musical, Annie. Over the years, Charnin went on to direct many productions of that same musical all over the world.
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