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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Micki Grant, Groundbreaking Broadway Composer, Dies at 92 by Richard Sandomir

With “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” she became the first woman to write the book, music and lyrics of a Broadway musical.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Elliot Lawrence, Award-Winning Conductor, Dies at 96 by Richard Sandomir

He led a big band, conducted on Broadway, collected Emmys and for nearly 50 years led the orchestra on the annual Tony Awards broadcast.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Anthony Powell, Oscar-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 85 by Richard Sandomir

He was honored for “Travels With My Aunt,” “Death on the Nile” and “Tess.” He was also renowned for the outlandish outfits he created for Glenn Close as the evil Cruella de Vil.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Florence Birdwell, Singing Teacher to Broadway Stars, Dies at 96 by Richard Sandomir

She was a tough yet empathetic voice professor at Oklahoma City University for 67 years. Two of her students, Kelli O’Hara and Kristin Chenoweth, won Tony Awards.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Billy Goldenberg, TV, Movie and Stage Composer, Dies at 84 by Richard Sandomir

He worked with Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley, wrote the theme music to many familiar series and accompanied Nichols and May and Bea Arthur on Broadway.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Zev Buffman, 89, Prolific Producer From Broadway to Florida, Dies by Richard Sandomir

In his long career, he persuaded Elizabeth Taylor to make her Broadway debut in “The Little Foxes” and produced a memorable flop starring Muhammad Ali.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

William Luce, Playwright, Dies at 88; Wrote ‘Belle of Amherst’ by Richard Sandomir

He specialized in one-character dramas, portraying luminaries like Emily Dickinson, John Barrymore, Lillian Hellman, Zelda Fitzgerald and Isak Dinesen.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Martin Charnin, Who Helped Create ‘Annie,’ Dies at 84 by Richard Sandomir

He turned the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” into a long-running Broadway musical and wrote the memorable lyrics to a score that included “Tomorrow.”

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Roger Hirson, Who Wrote the Book for ‘Pippin,’ Dies at 93 by Richard Sandomir

For more than a decade, Mr. Hirson was known for writing for television, but meeting the composer Stephen Schwartz led to the hit musical “Pippin.”

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Friday, May 3, 2019

David Winters, Energetic Dancer Turned Choreographer, Dies at 80 by Richard Sandomir

Inspired by Jerome Robbins, who cast him in the stage and film versions of “West Side Story,” he went on to create dances for Ann-Margret and others.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Maya Turovskaya, Russian Critic and Documentarian, Dies at 94 by Richard Sandomir

Called “the Susan Sontag of Soviet aesthetic thought,” she wrote about film and theater and helped make a film that drew parallels between Nazism and Stalin.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Verna Bloom, 80, Amorous Dean’s Wife in ‘Animal House,’ Dies by Richard Sandomir

She was best known for wildly different roles, in a frat house comedy and in the 1960s drama “Medium Cool.” She was also in films by Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Peter Masterson, 84, a ‘Best Little Whorehouse’ Creator, Is Dead by Richard Sandomir

Mr. Masterson helped turn a magazine article about a bordello into a hit Broadway musical. He later directed the movie “The Trip to Bountiful.”

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

David Shepherd, 94, Dies; Nurtured Improvisational Theater by Richard Sandomir

As a founder of the Compass Players in Chicago, he helped create the world of improvisational comedy that is best known in the work of Second City

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Jerry Frankel, Prolific Broadway Producer, Is Dead at 88 by Richard Sandomir

Mr. Frankel, a former dress manufacturer, produced more than 50 plays and musicals with various partners and won nine Tony Awards.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Cicely Berry, Who Taught Actors Shakespeare’s Sound, Is Dead at 92 by Richard Sandomir

Using unorthodox methods (walk around a room, speak it together), she helped actors find their voices by feeling the weight and rhythms of the words.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Peter Donat, Actor Who Played a Panoply of Roles, Dead at 90 by Richard Sandomir

Mr. Donat acted often on the screen and had a recurring role on “The X Files.” But he said he was most gratified by theatrical work.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Craig Zadan, 69, Dies; Produced Musicals for Stage, Screen and TV by Richard Sandomir

A showman who helped put “The Sound of Music” on television, “Chicago” on movie screens and “How to Succeed in Business” back on Broadway.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Barbara Harris, Stage, Screen and Improv Actress, Dies at 83 by Richard Sandomir

Ms. Harris got her start with the Second City and went on to win a Tony Award and to appear in films like “A Thousand Clowns” and “Nashville.”

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Winston Ntshona, Tony-Winning South African Actor, Dies at 76 by Richard Sandomir

After a Broadway run, Mr. Ntshona was jailed in his home country for performing in a play he had written with Athol Fugard and the actor John Kani.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Alan Johnson, 81, ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Choreographer, Dies by Richard Sandomir

A former dancer, Mr. Johnson collaborated with Mel Brooks on several movies and once asked him, “‘Oh my God, are we allowed to show this?”

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Gillian Lynne, Choreographer of ‘Cats,’ Is Dead at 92 by Richard Sandomir

After a long and successful career as a ballerina, Ms. Lynne found greater fame creating dances for Andrew Lloyd Webber and others.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Joseph Campanella, 93, Ubiquitous Character Actor, Dies by Richard Sandomir

Mr. Campanella found his stride on television as a frequent guest star, playing doctors, lawyers, criminals, cops and judges.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Harold Guskin, Acting Coach Who Nurtured Stars, Dies at 76 by Richard Sandomir

Find the character in the words on the page, he instructed Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Rachel Weisz and others.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Mel Gordon, 71, Drama Scholar of the Fringe, Is Dead at 71 by Richard Sandomir

An insatiable curiosity led him to contemplate Jewish superheroes, bad acting, the sexualized worlds of Weimer Berlin and Risqué Paris, and more.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Harvey Schmidt, Co-Creator of ‘The Fantasticks,’ Is Dead at 88 by Richard Sandomir

He wrote the music. A former college friend, Tom Jones, wrote the words. What resulted was the world’s longest-running musical (and a lasting partnership).

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Novella Nelson, 78, Dies; Brought Authority to Myriad Roles by Richard Sandomir

An actress whose face was more familiar than her name, Ms. Nelson was seen onstage, in movies and on television for a half-century.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Glenne Headly, a Versatile and Scene-Stealing Actress, Dies at 62 by Richard Sandomir

After Ms. Headly‘s career took shape with the Steppenwolf theater group, she appeared in Hollywood films like “Dick Tracy” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

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Friday, May 19, 2017

William Brohn, Who Made Broadway Orchestras Sing, Dies at 84 by Richard Sandomir

“The central focus for you is to help the composer say what he wants to say,” Mr. Brohn said of his work as an orchestrator.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Michael Bogdanov, Shakespearean Stage Director, Dies at 78 by Richard Sandomir

Mr. Bogdanov also directed plays by Molière, Goethe, Chekhov, Gogol and Dylan Thomas, as well as musicals and operas. But a contemporary play nearly put him in jail.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Max Ferrá, a Trailblazer for Latino Theater, Dies at 79 by Richard Sandomir

The Cuban-born Mr. Ferrá was the first artistic director of the Intar Hispanic American Arts Center, an Off Broadway theater company that nurtures Latino playwrights.

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