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Jackie Mason, Comedian, Stage and Screen Performer, Dies at 93 PhotoJackie Mason, Comedian, Stage and Screen Performer, Dies at 93
by Stephi Wild - July 25, 2021

Mason's 1986 one-man show The World According to Me! garnered a Special Tony Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, an Ace Award, an Emmy Award, and a Grammy nomination.  Additionally, Mason's 1988 special titled Jackie Mason on Broadway won him another Emmy Award (for outstanding writing) and another Ace Award.
Opera Director Graham Vick Dies at 67 Due to Complications From COVID-19 PhotoOpera Director Graham Vick Dies at 67 Due to Complications From COVID-19
by Stephi Wild - July 18, 2021

In 1987, he founded the Birmingham Opera Company. Vick's productions with Birmingham Opera included the first UK production of Othello to feature a black tenor in the title role in 2009, and the 2012 world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht.
Broadway Music Director and Conductor Elliot Lawrence Dies at 96 PhotoBroadway Music Director and Conductor Elliot Lawrence Dies at 96
by Stephi Wild - July 18, 2021

To Broadway fans, Lawrence is known for musical directing the Broadway production of Bye, Bye Birdie, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Conductor and Musical Director in 1953. He won the Tony Award in that category the next year for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Tony-Winning Wig Designer Paul Huntley Passes Away at 88 PhotoTony-Winning Wig Designer Paul Huntley Passes Away at 88
by Nicole Rosky - July 9, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that beloved Broadway wig designer Paul Huntley has passed away. He was 88 years old.
Stage and Screen Star Suzzanne Douglas Passes Away At 64 PhotoStage and Screen Star Suzzanne Douglas Passes Away At 64
by Chloe Rabinowitz - July 7, 2021

Suzzanne Douglas, known for her starring role in the sitcom The Parent ‘Hood and more, has passed away at the age of 64.
Award-Winning Television Director John Erman Has Passed Away at Age 85 PhotoAward-Winning Television Director John Erman Has Passed Away at Age 85
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 30, 2021

Noted television director and producer John Erman, who directed episodes of many of the great television shows and TV movies and mini-series from the early sixties all the way into the 2000’s, died in New York on June 25th after a brief illness.
Stage and Screen Actress Lisa Banes Dies After Hit-and-Run Accident PhotoStage and Screen Actress Lisa Banes Dies After Hit-and-Run Accident
by Stephi Wild - June 15, 2021

Banes was on her way to meet her wife for a dinner party at a friend's home near Lincoln Center when someone on a scooter or motor bike hit her and then fled. Police say that Banes was in the crosswalk and had the right of way.
Stage and Screen Character Actor Ned Beatty Dies at 83 PhotoStage and Screen Character Actor Ned Beatty Dies at 83
by Stephi Wild - June 14, 2021

He has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, and a Golden Globe Award. Some of Beatty's most notable films included Deliverance (1972), Network (1976), Friendly Fire (1979), Hear My Song (1991), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
Playwright and Actor Robbie McCauley Passes Away at 78 PhotoPlaywright and Actor Robbie McCauley Passes Away at 78
by Nicole Rosky - May 26, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that playwright and performance artist Robbie McCauley died last week in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Dance Legend Jacques d'Amboise Passes Away at 86 PhotoDance Legend Jacques d'Amboise Passes Away at 86
by Nicole Rosky - May 3, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that dance legend Jacques d'Amboise, father of Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise, has passed away, according to ABT's Robert La Fosse. He was 86 years old.
Stage and Screen Actress Olympia Dukakis, Best Known For MOONSTRUCK, Dies at 89 PhotoStage and Screen Actress Olympia Dukakis, Best Known For MOONSTRUCK, Dies at 89
by Stephi Wild - May 1, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actress Olympia Dukakis has died at age 89.
Paul Kellogg, Glimmerglass Artistic Director Emeritus, Has Passed Away at 84 PhotoPaul Kellogg, Glimmerglass Artistic Director Emeritus, Has Passed Away at 84
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 28, 2021

Paul Edward Kellogg came to Cooperstown, New York, in 1975 to write, but stayed to develop one of the premiere summer opera and music-theater festivals in the United States. He leaves as a beloved member of the greater Cooperstown community. Paul Kellogg died in Cooperstown at Bassett Hospital on April 28, 2021, of natural causes. He was 84.
Grammy-Winning Composer Jim Steinman Passes Away at 73 PhotoGrammy-Winning Composer Jim Steinman Passes Away at 73
by Nicole Rosky - April 20, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that composer Jim Steinman has passed away, according to TMZ. He was 73 years old.
Anthony Powell, Tony and Oscar Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 85 PhotoAnthony Powell, Tony and Oscar Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 85
by Stephi Wild - April 20, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Anthony Powell, costume designer for stage and screen, has died at 85.
Stage and Screen Star Helen McCrory Passes Away at 52 PhotoStage and Screen Star Helen McCrory Passes Away at 52
by Nicole Rosky - April 16, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen veteran Helen McCrory passed away today after a battle with cancer. She was 52 years old.
Robert Fletcher, Costume Designer For Stage and Screen, Dies at 98 PhotoRobert Fletcher, Costume Designer For Stage and Screen, Dies at 98
by Stephi Wild - April 15, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Robert Fletcher, the prolific costume designer for both stage and screen, died in Kansas City, MO on April 5 at the age of 98.
THE SOPRANOS and JERSEY BOYS Star Joseph Siravo Dies at 64 PhotoTHE SOPRANOS and JERSEY BOYS Star Joseph Siravo Dies at 64
by Stephi Wild - April 12, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Joseph Siravo has died at 64 after a long battle with cancer.
Tony-Nominated Actor William 'Biff' McGuire Dies at 94 PhotoTony-Nominated Actor William 'Biff' McGuire Dies at 94
by Stephi Wild - April 4, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony-nominated actor William McGuire, known by his nickname 'Biff' has died at age 94.
Award Winning Dramatist Arthur Kopit Dies at 83 PhotoAward Winning Dramatist Arthur Kopit Dies at 83
by Stephi Wild - April 3, 2021

Throughout a career spanning seven decades, Arthur Kopit authored several award-winning stage works, beginning with Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, which Jerome Robbins directed on Broadway while Kopit was still an undergraduate at Harvard.
Louis St. Louis, Music Director and Composer Best Known For GREASE, Has Passed Away PhotoLouis St. Louis, Music Director and Composer Best Known For GREASE, Has Passed Away
by Stephi Wild - March 30, 2021

St. Louis served as musical director or arranger for several Broadway productions, including Soon (1971), Grease (1972 and 2007), Over Here! (1974), Truckload (1975), Raggedy Ann (1986), Roza (1987), and Smokey Joe's Cafe (1995).
Award-Winning Actress Jessica Walter, Known for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT & More Has Passe PhotoAward-Winning Actress Jessica Walter, Known for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT & More Has Passed Away at 80
by Chloe Rabinowitz - March 25, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to learn of the passing of Emmy Award-winning actress Jessica Walter. Walter was 80 years old. Walter was known for her appearances across both stage and screen.
Paul Foster, Innovative Playwright And Founding Member Of La MaMa, Dies At 89 PhotoPaul Foster, Innovative Playwright And Founding Member Of La MaMa, Dies At 89
by Alexa Criscitiello - March 24, 2021

Paul Foster, innovative playwright, founding member and first Board President of the internationally renowned La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, died peacefully at home in New York City on Friday, March 5th.  He was 89.
Stage and Screen Star George Segal Passes Away at 87 PhotoStage and Screen Star George Segal Passes Away at 87
by Nicole Rosky - March 24, 2021

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen star George Segal passed away yesterday following complications during surgery. He was 87 years old. 
BWW Exclusive: Freddie Gershon Pens Touching Tribute to Roger Englander PhotoBWW Exclusive: Freddie Gershon Pens Touching Tribute to Roger Englander
by Nicole Rosky - March 24, 2021

Television producer Roger Englander passed away earlier this month at the age of 94. Now his friend and colleague Freddie Gershon has written a beautiful tribute in his memory.
Tony-Winning Lighting Designer Pat Collins Has Passed Away PhotoTony-Winning Lighting Designer Pat Collins Has Passed Away
by Alexa Criscitiello - March 22, 2021

Pat Collins, a Broadway lighting designer who won a 1986 Tony Award for her work on I'm Not Rappaport, has passed away. 

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