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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hal Prince, Giant of Broadway and Reaper of Tonys, Dies at 91 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Prince helped bring to life a stunning lineup of shows: “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd,” and Broadway’s longest-running spectacle — “The Phantom of the Opera.”

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Hal Prince, Giant of Broadway and Tony Award Collector, Dies at 91 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Prince helped bring to life a stunning lineup of shows: “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd,” and Broadway’s longest-running spectacle — “The Phantom of the Opera.”

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

María Irene Fornés, Writer of Spare, Poetic Plays, Dies at 88 - The New York Times by Bruce Weber

María Irene Fornés, a Cuban-born American playwright whose spare, poetic and emotionally forceful works were hallmarks of experimental theater for four decades, died on Tuesday in Manhatta…

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María Irene Fornés, Writer of Spare, Poetic Plays, Dies at 88 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Fornés won acclaim and awards for her experimental works. But her fellow playwrights often said her achievements far outstripped her fame.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

John Hurt, British Actor Hailed for His Shape-Shifting Roles, Dies at 77 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Hurt was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of the title role in the 1980 film “The Elephant Man.”

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Edward Albee, Playwright of a Desperate Generation, Dies at 88 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Albee, who wrote “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “The Zoo Story” and “Three Tall Women” among other plays, charted the gap between self-delusion and truth in contemporary…

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

John Vaccaro, Iconoclastic Director, Dies at 86 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Vaccaro created so-called ridiculous works that sought to reveal the uncensored chaos that exists in people’s minds.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

James Houghton, Founder of Signature Theater Company, Dies at 57 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Houghton also served as artistic director of the troupe, which presents season-long programs featuring the work of just one playwright.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Zelda Fichandler, a Matriarch of Regional Theater, Dies at 91 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Fichandler was a founder of the Arena Stage in Washington in 1950, building it into a professional force that helped spur the growth of theater companies around the country.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

James Nederlander, Theater Owner Known as Broadway’s Last Patriarch, Dies at 94 by Bruce Weber

The man who built a theater empire was frequently a producer of shows as well.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Desmond Heeley, ‘Alchemist’ of Theater Design, Dies at 85 by Bruce Weber

Those who worked with Mr. Heeley often described him as an alchemist or magician who could see with the eyes of the audience.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Charlie Cox Takes Off the ‘Daredevil’ Mask to Go ‘Incognito’ by Bruce Weber

In the play “Incognito,” Mr. Cox, best known as Daredevil on Netflix, plays a man who has no memories.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Peter Shaffer Dies at 90; Playwright Won Tonys for ‘Equus’ and ‘Amadeus’ by Bruce Weber and Robert Berkvist

Movie versions of Mr. Shaffer’s ambitious plays helped elevate his status at home in Britain and in the United States.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shannon Bolin, 99, Actress Who Starred in ‘Damn Yankees,’ Dies by Bruce Weber

Ms. Bolin played Meg Boyd in both the Broadway and film version of the 1950s musical.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Michael White, Colorful Impresario With a Taste for the Outlandish, Dies at 80 by Bruce Weber

Mr. White could depart from the mainstream to produce “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Oh! Calcutta!” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Martha Wright, Who Played Leading Roles in Beloved Musicals, Dies at 92 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Wright replaced Mary Martin in “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” logging more than 1,200 performances, yet not becoming a household name.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Brian Bedford, Stage Actor Who Brought the Classics to Life, Dies at 80 by Bruce Weber

The versatile Mr. Bedford gained renown at Stratford in Canada and on Broadway portraying dozens of characters, most notably in works by Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Billie Allen, Actress Who Bridged Racial Gap, Dies at 90 by Bruce Weber

Ms. Allen appeared on and off Broadway when New York theater was not especially welcoming to black performers, and she helped integrate network television.

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Rick Cluchey Dies at 82; Prison Theater Was His Redemption by Bruce Weber

After his release from prison, Mr. Cluchey spent time in Europe with Samuel Beckett.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Don Gregory, Theater Producer of Solo Shows, Dies at 80 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Gregory worked with Richard Burton as King Arthur, Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins and many others.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Jerome Kass, Writer for Broadway, Film and TV, Dies at 78 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Kass was nominated for a Tony for the 1978 musical “Ballroom,” based on his Emmy-nominated teleplay about a Bronx widow who visits a dance hall.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Donald R. Seawell, Theater, Newspaper and Civic Leader, Dies at 103 by Bruce Weber

After his years in New York, Mr. Seawell led The Denver Post and was a major force behind Denver’s performing arts center.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Melvin Bernhardt, Tony-Winning Director Who Helped Stars Shine, Dies at 84 by Bruce Weber

Known for his astute casting and skillful work with actors, Mr. Bernhardt directed many leading stage performers on Broadway and won a Tony for “Da.”

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Barbara Brecht-Schall, Guardian of Father’s Plays, Dies at 84 by Bruce Weber

Mrs. Brecht-Schall managed the works of Bertolt Brecht and performed with the Berliner Ensemble, the troupe founded by him.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Robin Phillips, Director Who Revitalized Canada’s Stratford Festival, Dies at 75 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Phillips, a British theater director, added productions and brought in stars like Maggie Smith during his tenure as artistic director in the ’70s.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ron Moody, Actor Best Known as Fagin in ‘Oliver!,’ Dies at 91 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Moody, a British character actor, flared to prominence in the role of Dickens’s guru of thievery, in the stage and screen adaptation of “Oliver!”.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Jim Bailey, Character Actor in Drag, Dies at 77 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Bailey, who performed in the guise of pop divas like Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, was a Las Vegas favorite, but he also played supper clubs, cabarets, Carnegie Hall and the London …

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Monday, May 25, 2015

After a Cameo on Cable, Jets Hit the Stage by BRUCE WEBER

The police stopped rush-hour traffic at Eighth Avenue and West 47th Street on Wednesday so the buses could pass through and their passengers, burly men in jackets and ties, could make the cu…

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Mick Lally, Irish Actor and Founder of the Druid Theater, Dies at 64 by BRUCE WEBER

Mr. Lally's troupe has received international acclaim for its productions of works by Irish playwrights, especially J. M. Synge and Martin McDonagh.

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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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