December 25, 2019 at 5:47 am #1203249593
Allee Willis, who was one of the three Tony nominated songwriters behind The Color Purple, has died at the age of 72.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/THE-COLOR-PURPLEs-Allee-Willis-Dies-at-72-20191225December 26, 2019 at 11:46 am #1203250666
Actress Pamela Payton-Wright passed away. http://www.playbill.com/article/drama-desk-award-winner-pamela-payton-wright-dies-at-78December 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm #1203250956
In Michael Riedel’s latest column, he highlights some of the theater legends we’ve lost this past year.
https://nypost.com/2019/12/26/the-theater-legends-we-lost-in-2019-from-the-creator-of-annie-to-rhoda/December 27, 2019 at 4:54 am #1203251471
The legendary Tony-winning composer/lyricist Jerry Herman has died at the age of 88.
After having started out putting on revues in New York, Jerry Herman got his first full-fledged Broadway musical in 1961 with Milk and Honey. Over the next few years, he had two major hits with 1964’s Hello, Dolly! and 1966’s Mame. Though since the latter show, he had several flops such as 1969’s Dear World, 1974’s Mack & Mabel, and 1979’s The Grand Tour. Yet in 1983, Jerry came back with his first hit musical since Mame with La Cage aux Folles. When he won the Tony for Best Original Score the following year, he said in his acceptance speech that “This award forever shatters a myth about the musical theater. There’s been a rumor around for a couple of years that the simple, hummable show tune was no longer welcome on Broadway. Well, it’s alive and well at the Palace”. Some perceived that remark as criticism of Stephen Sondheim’s pointillistic score. Though Herman has since denied that that was his intention.December 31, 2019 at 9:31 pm #1203255515
Producer/director Jack Garfein passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-garfein-dead-director-acclaimed-acting-teacher-was-89-1265425January 2, 2020 at 9:50 am #1203256671
Actress Elizabeth Sellars passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elizabeth-sellars-dead-barefoot-contessa-actress-was-98-1265543January 3, 2020 at 2:09 pm #1203258429
Actor Martin West, who appeared on Broadway in the play The Andersonville Trial, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martin-west-dead-lord-love-a-duck-general-hospital-actor-was-82-1266172January 8, 2020 at 8:10 pm #1203271504
Buck Henry, who had appeared on Broadway twice in Art (1999) and Morning’s at Seven (2002), has died at the age of 89.
https://deadline.com/2020/01/buck-henry-dead-saturday-night-live-the-graduate-get-smart-1202825337/January 14, 2020 at 6:14 am #1203283505
Two-time Tony nominated producer Rich Affannato has passed away.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Obituary-Producer-Rich-Affannato-Dies-20200113January 17, 2020 at 3:26 pm #1203289847
Actor/dancer Gregg Smith, who had worked with Kenny Ortega for many years (including as his assistant director on the 1983 Broadway flop, Marilyn), has died at the age of 73.
https://deadline.com/2020/01/gregg-smith-dead-dancer-actor-hair-dirty-dancing-newsies-obituary-1202834303/January 20, 2020 at 7:15 pm #1203295824
Actor William Bogert passed away. https://variety.com/2020/film/obituaries-people-news/william-bogert-dies-dead-small-wonder-war-games-1203473753/January 22, 2020 at 7:16 am #1203298510
Actor and Monty Python cast member Terry Jones passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/terry-jones-dead-monty-python-founder-british-comedy-icon-was-77-963478January 22, 2020 at 8:43 pm #1203299738
Actor Jack Kehoe passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-kehoe-dead-actor-serpico-sting-car-wash-was-85-1272008January 23, 2020 at 11:11 am #1203300496
Actor John Karlen, who appeared as a replacement Tom Junior in the original Broadway production of Sweet Bird Of Youth, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-karlen-dead-dark-shadows-cagney-lacey-actor-was-86-1272336January 25, 2020 at 7:00 am #1203303882
Margo Lion, who was the four-time Tony-winning producer behind Angels in America, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, and Hairspray, has died at the age of 75.
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