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Friday, January 27, 2023

Everett Quinton, a Force in Downtown Theater, Dies at 71 by Neil Genzlinger

He took over the Ridiculous Theatrical Company after the death of his partner, Charles Ludlam, in 1987. His specialty was playing women, but his range was wide.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Frank Galati, Mainstay of Chicago Theater, Dies at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

He brought his adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath” to Broadway and won Tony Awards. He also directed the long-running hit “Ragtime.”

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Friday, December 30, 2022

Bridgette Wimberly, Playwright and Librettist, Dies at 68 by Neil Genzlinger

She had success with a play about abortion in 2001, and in 2015 wrote the libretto for the opera “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.”

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Alice Teirstein, Who Introduced Youths to Dance, Dies at 93 by Neil Genzlinger

She taught for decades at the Fieldston School and founded a free summer dance program open to all students in New York.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Michael Feingold, Forceful Drama Critic, Dies at 77 by Neil Genzlinger

For decades he wrote about theater in The Village Voice, but he also was a dramaturge and a Tony-nominated translator.

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Michael Butler, Who Brought ‘Hair’ to Broadway, Dies at 95 by Neil Genzlinger

He came from a wealthy family, but he championed the ideas of the counterculture. Journalists called him “the hippie millionaire.”

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Douglas McGrath, Playwright, Filmmaker and Actor, Dies at 64 by Neil Genzlinger

His one-man Off Broadway show, “Everything’s Fine,” directed by John Lithgow, had opened just weeks ago.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Seymour Press, a Behind-the-Scenes Fixture on Broadway, Dies at 98 by Neil Genzlinger

He started playing in Broadway orchestras in 1957, and eventually he began recruiting those orchestras as well.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Lucy Simon, Singer and Broadway Composer, Is Dead at 82 by Neil Genzlinger

She and her sister Carly Simon were a folk duo in the 1960s. Years later, she wrote the Tony-nominated music for “The Secret Garden.”

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Jeff Weiss, an Unconventional Theatrical Force, Dies at 82 by Neil Genzlinger

Downtown, he was known for sprawling works and vivid performances, but later in his career he drew praise as an actor in mainstream productions, too.

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Sunday, October 9, 2022

Kevin Locke, Who Worked to Preserve Lakota Culture, Dies at 68 by Neil Genzlinger

Playing the wooden flute and performing hoop dances, he sought to introduce audiences throughout the nation to Native American traditions.

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Robert Kalfin, Founder of an Adventurous Theater, Dies at 89 by Neil Genzlinger

For two decades, his Chelsea Theater Center was on the cutting edge with productions that could be challenging, baffling or, sometimes, Broadway bound.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Charles Fuller, Pulitzer Winner for ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ Dies at 83 by Neil Genzlinger

He was the second Black playwright to win the award and later adapted the play into an Oscar-nominated film, “A Soldier’s Story.”

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Rita Gardner, an Original ‘Fantasticks’ Star, Is Dead at 87 by Neil Genzlinger

In 1960 she originated the lone female role in an Off Broadway show that became part of theater history thanks to a record-setting run.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Tina Ramirez, Founder of a Leading Hispanic Dance Troupe, Dies at 92 by Neil Genzlinger

Her company, Ballet Hispánico, performed for audiences across the United States and beyond. It also trained countless dancers.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

George Bartenieff, Fixture of Downtown Theater, Dies at 89 by Neil Genzlinger

A veteran actor, he was also a founder of Theater for the New City and Theater Three Collaborative, Manhattan groups known for experimental productions.

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Larry Storch, Comic Actor Best Known for ‘F Troop,’ Dies at 99 by Neil Genzlinger

His well-honed comic timing, and the mimicry skills he had developed in nightclubs, served him well on one of the sillier sitcoms of the 1960s.

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Kenward Elmslie, Poet and Librettist, Dies at 93 by Neil Genzlinger

He collaborated on operas with Jack Beeson and Ned Rorem and published numerous poetry books. Late in life, he was victimized by theft.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

H.T. Chen, Choreographer of the Asian Experience, Dies at 74 by Neil Genzlinger

He merged Eastern and Western influences in his modern dance works, and his dance center was a cultural anchor in New York’s Chinatown.

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Julee Cruise, Vocalist of ‘Twin Peaks’ Fame, Dies at 65 by Neil Genzlinger

In projects for the director David Lynch, she brought an eerie, otherworldly style to “Falling” and other songs.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Martha Myers, Who Taught Dancers How to Move and More, Dies at 97 by Neil Genzlinger

She was an institution at the American Dance Festival, and also made early television dance and exercise programs.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Ann Hutchinson Guest, Who Fixed Dance on Paper, Dies at 103 by Neil Genzlinger

She was a leading advocate of and expert on dance notation, helping to do for choreographed works what a score does for music.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Nan Melville, 72, Whose Photography Captured Dance in Many Forms, Dies by Neil Genzlinger

Over a long career, her pictures, whether of famed dance troupes or experimental works, reflected what one admirer called “her love affair with dance.”

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Andrei Belgrader, Director Who Influenced Future Stars, Dies at 75 by Neil Genzlinger

His Yale Rep and American Repertory Theater productions included early work by Cherry Jones, Mark Linn-Baker and more, and he directed starry Off Broadway shows.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Richard Christiansen, Influential Chicago Theater Critic, Dies at 90 by Neil Genzlinger

His reviews for The Chicago Tribune, and his encouragement of the drama crowd, helped make Chicago one of the country’s leading theater cities.

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Nai-Ni Chen, Whose Dances Merged East and West, Dies at 62 by Neil Genzlinger

Ms. Chen, who founded the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in 1988, died while swimming in Hawaii, where she was vacationing.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Jonathan Reynolds, Playwright and Food Columnist, Dies at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

His plays tended to parody American institutions. His food writing tended to be full of humor.

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Camille Saviola, ‘Deep Space Nine’ and Stage Actor, Dies at 71 by Neil Genzlinger

She was known for her comic work in cabarets, for her performance in the musical “Nine” on Broadway and for her role in a “Star Trek” spinoff.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Val Bisoglio, Oft-Cast Character Actor, Dies at 95 by Neil Genzlinger

He was seen on “Quincy, M.E.” and “The Sopranos.” He also memorably played John Travolta’s father in “Saturday Night Fever.”

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Martha Henry, a Leading Stage Actress in Canada, Dies at 83 by Neil Genzlinger

For decades her performances at the Stratford Festival drew acclaim. She gave her last performance just days before her death.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Leslie Bricusse, Prolific Songwriter for Stage and Screen, Dies at 90 by Neil Genzlinger

His songs from “Stop the World,” “Willy Wonka,” “Goldfinger” and other shows and movies became hits for a range of performers.

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