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One of the first Black regulars on a TV variety show, he brought tap to millions of viewers on “The Lawrence Welk Show” after Betty White gave him his first big break.
After playing a critical Broadway role in “A Chorus Line,” he helped start the vibrant Off Broadway MCC Theater. TV watchers knew him from “The Sopranos” and “Law and Order.”
She was nearly 60 when she began producing shows on Broadway. In 19 years, she had a hand (and her money) in 30 plays and musicals.
As a Black woman, she blazed a path Off Broadway with an intuitive grasp of “how a story should be told, particularly a Black story,” Giancarlo Esposito said.
The sitcom, about an interfaith marriage, drew criticism from Jewish groups and was canceled after one season. He fared better onstage than in television.
In a varied career, she had memorable roles in “Damn Yankees” and on “Seinfeld” and was nominated for three Tonys. She later became a director.
He worked with the directors Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse and Jerry Zaks, winning three Tony Awards and an Oscar for “All That Jazz.”
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.
He led a big band, conducted on Broadway, collected Emmys and for nearly 50 years led the orchestra on the annual Tony Awards broadcast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He specialized in one-character dramas, portraying luminaries like Emily Dickinson, John Barrymore, Lillian Hellman, Zelda Fitzgerald and Isak Dinesen.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Masterson helped turn a magazine article about a bordello into a hit Broadway musical. He later directed the movie “The Trip to Bountiful.”
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
Mr. Frankel, a former dress manufacturer, produced more than 50 plays and musicals with various partners and won nine Tony Awards.
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.
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.
A showman who helped put “The Sound of Music” on television, “Chicago” on movie screens and “How to Succeed in Business” back on Broadway.
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.”
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.
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?”
After a long and successful career as a ballerina, Ms. Lynne found greater fame creating dances for Andrew Lloyd Webber and others.
Mr. Campanella found his stride on television as a frequent guest star, playing doctors, lawyers, criminals, cops and judges.
Find the character in the words on the page, he instructed Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Rachel Weisz and others.