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Monday, May 25, 2015

Irving Ravetch, Screenwriter of ‘Hud,’ Dies at 89 by BRUCE WEBER

Irving Ravetch, whose playwriting career stalled on the brink of Broadway but who became half of one of Hollywood’s most successful husband-and-wife screenwriting teams, creators of th…

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Joe Mantell Is Dead at 94; Played Sidekick in ‘Marty’ by BRUCE WEBER

Mr. Mantell was a character actor who, nearly 20 years apart, delivered two of movie history’s more memorable lines, one to Ernest Borgnine and one to Jack Nicholson.

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Tom Bosley, ‘Happy Days’ Dad, Dies at 83 by BRUCE WEBER

Mr. Bosley played the reliably kind father on TV’s “Happy Days” and won a Tony onstage for “Fiorello!”

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Shannon Tavarez, Nala in ‘Lion King’, Dies at 11 by BRUCE WEBER

Shannon spent seven months performing in the show before receiving a diagnosis of leukemia in April.

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Playwright Clears His Stage and Bookcases by BRUCE WEBER

Ed Schmidt’s personal farewell to the theater, “My Last Play,” takes place in his Brooklyn living room.

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Marcia Lewis, Stage Actress and Singer, Dies at 72 by BRUCE WEBER

Marcia Lewis, an actress and singer known for bringing a comic brassiness to Broadway revivals of “Grease” and “Chicago,” died on Tuesday in Nashville. She was 72.

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Margot Stevenson, Prolific Broadway Actress, Dies at 98 by BRUCE WEBER

Ms. Stevenson, who appeared in a handful of movies and television shows, spent most of her career on the stage.

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Romulus Linney, Wide-Ranging Playwright, Dies at 80 by BRUCE WEBER

Mr. Linney roved along many intellectual paths, refashioning classical works for modern times and adapting contemporary novels for the stage.

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James McLure Dies at 59; Wrote Garrulous Plays by Bruce Weber

Mr. McLure, who was best known for plays like “Lone Star” and “Pvt. Wars,” had a following in the West and in regional theaters.

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Haila Stoddard, Actress and Theatrical Producer, Dies at 97 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Stoddard, after a long career onstage and in television roles, brought the works of Noël Coward, James Thurber and Harold Pinter to Broadway.

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I’m Not Really a Corpse. I Just Played One Onstage. by BRUCE WEBER

An obituary writer gets a role for a night in “Play Dead,” which milks entertainment from the universal human attraction to what repels us: most of all, death.

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An Obit Writer’s Chance to Think Inside the Box by Bruce Weber

A man who writes about death for a living stepped into a stage coffin for a role in “Play Dead,” an Off Broadway show.

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Inventing Her Life as She Goes Along by BRUCE WEBER

Author: Doug Wright
Producers: Delphi Productions, Playwrights Horizons

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Frederic Morton, Author Who Chronicled the Rothschilds, Dies at 90 by Bruce Weber

His 1962 family history “The Rothschilds” became a Broadway musical.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Judith Malina, Founder of the Living Theater, Dies at 88 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Malina, with her husband, Julian Beck, created a troupe that advanced the idea of political theater in America.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Director of Neil Simon Hits, Dies at 93 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Saks, who switched from acting to directing in midcareer, won three Tony Awards and became the leading interpreter of the plays of Neil Simon.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ike Schambelan, Director Who Brought Disabled Artists to the Stage, Dies at 75 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Schambelan started the company Theater Breaking Through Barriers as a vehicle for vision-impaired actors to perform their craft.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Edward Herrmann, Actor With a Noble Air, Dies at 71 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Herrmann could be formidable or friendly and was often cast in movies and on television in affluent roles as a lawyer, judge or millionaire.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Billie Whitelaw, Longtime Beckett Muse, Dies at 82 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Whitelaw, an English actress, first encountered Samuel Beckett’s work at the National Theater in London in 1964.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Brian Macdonald, Eclectic Choreographer and Director, Dies at 86 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Macdonald worked with classical, contemporary and regional material, from Bach to Gilbert and Sullivan and on to Leonard Cohen.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bunny Briggs, Tap Dancing Virtuoso, Dies at 92 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Briggs’s career bridged the history of tap from Bill (Bojangles) Robinson to Savion Glover.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols, Celebrated Director, Dies at 83 by Bruce Weber

Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on We…

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Donald Saddler, Dancer, and a Choreographer on Broadway, Dies at 96 by Bruce Weber

A soloist with Ballet Theater, Mr. Saddler made his Broadway musical theater debut in 1947, and he went on to win two Tonys as a Broadway choreographer.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Herb Schapiro, Playwright Behind ‘The Me Nobody Knows,’ Dies at 85 by Bruce Weber

Inspired by essays by urban children, Mr. Schapiro had the idea for what became a “dark and lovely” Broadway musical.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Sheldon Patinkin, Force in Chicago Theater, Dies at 79 by Bruce Weber

As a director at Second City and Steppenwolf and a department chairman at Columbia College, Mr. Patinkin helped to develop Chicago’s robust theatrical scene.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Karen Walter Goodwin, Producer of Broadway Hits, Dies at 66 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Goodwin became a theater producer at a time when few women were associated with finding sources of capital.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Martin Tahse, TV and Broadway Producer, Dies at 84 by Bruce Weber

Shows Mr. Tahse produced included a revival of “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” for syndication.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch, tart-tongued Broadway legend, dead at 89 by Robert Berkvist and Bruce Weber, The New York Times, National Post Wire Services

Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim's wryly ac…

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Elaine Stritch, Tart-Tongued Broadway Actress and Singer, Is Dead at 89 by Robert Berkvist and Bruce Weber

Ms. Stritch became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Mary Rodgers, Author and Composer in a Musical Family, Dies at 83 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Rodgers, born into American musical theater royalty, wrote the music for “Once Upon a Mattress” and the novel “Freaky Friday.”

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