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Chicago Icon Myrna Salazar, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Latino Theat PhotoChicago Icon Myrna Salazar, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, Has Passed Away
by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 4, 2022

Myrna Salazar, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Latino Theater Alliance passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2022, two weeks after celebrating her 75th birthday.
Pat Carroll, Stage and Screen Star and Voice of Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Dies at PhotoPat Carroll, Stage and Screen Star and Voice of Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Dies at 95
by Stephi Wild - August 1, 2022

While she may be best known for her work on television and film, Carroll also had a stage career that included Broadway credits such as Catch a Star! (1955 - Tony Nomination), Dancing in the End Zone (1985), The Show Off (1992), and Electra (1998).
Dancer and Choreographer Darius Barnes Passes Away At Age 34 PhotoDancer and Choreographer Darius Barnes Passes Away At Age 34
by A.A. Cristi - July 29, 2022

Director, choreographer, dancer and performing artist, Darius Barnes has passed away at the age of 34.
FENCES Tony Award-Winner Mary Alice Passes Away at Age 80 PhotoFENCES Tony Award-Winner Mary Alice Passes Away at Age 80
by Nicole Rosky - July 28, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the death of film, television, and stage actress Mary Alice, who has passed away at the age of 80.
Stage and Screen Actor Jered Barclay Dies at 91 PhotoStage and Screen Actor Jered Barclay Dies at 91
by Stephi Wild - July 28, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Jered Barclay has died at age 91. Barclay may be best known for his television and voiceover work, but he got his start in showbusiness at age 3, performing in vaudeville shows.
Actor Bernard Cribbins Dies At The Age of 93 PhotoActor Bernard Cribbins Dies At The Age of 93
by Aliya Al-Hassan - July 28, 2022

Actor, singer and entertainer Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93. The news was announced this morning (28 July)
Broadway Veteran David McDonald Passes Away at 63 PhotoBroadway Veteran David McDonald Passes Away at 63
by Team BWW - July 26, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the death of Broadway veteran David McDonald, who passed away on July 13, 2022 at the age of 63 following a heart attack.
Tony Nominee Paul Sorvino Passes Away at 83 PhotoTony Nominee Paul Sorvino Passes Away at 83
by Michael Major - July 25, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony-nominee Paul Sorvino has passed away at the age of 83. Sorvino was seen on stage in That Championship Season, Bajour, Mating Dance, Skyscraper, An American Millionaire, and The Most Happy Fella. Plus, watch a video of Sorvino singing 'Once Upon a Time.'
Music Promotion Pioneer Don Graham Passes Away at 87 PhotoMusic Promotion Pioneer Don Graham Passes Away at 87
by Chloe Rabinowitz - July 12, 2022

Don Graham, a music promotion pioneer who started his lengthy career in the early days of Warner Bros. Records, A&M, Blue Thumb, and United Artists in the 1960s, died Thursday evening, July 7, 2022 of stomach cancer at the age of 87.  He was surrounded by his family.
Tony Award-Winning Producer Steve Fickinger Has Passed Away PhotoTony Award-Winning Producer Steve Fickinger Has Passed Away
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 22, 2022

Steve Fickinger, The Tony Award-winning producer who worked on shows such as Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, and Newsies passed away suddenly last week. 
HAIR Co-Creator James Rado Dies at 90 PhotoHAIR Co-Creator James Rado Dies at 90
by Stephi Wild - June 22, 2022

James Rado, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning sole surviving co-creator of the ground-breaking Broadway musical HAIR - The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, died peacefully Tuesday evening, June 21, 2022 in New York City surrounded by his loving family. 
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Announces Passing of Founding Member Ernest Abuba PhotoPan Asian Repertory Theatre Announces Passing of Founding Member Ernest Abuba
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 21, 2022

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre announced today the passing of founding member and company senior artist Ernest Abuba, the award-winning actor, playwright, screenwriter, and director on stage, film, and television, following a brief illness.
Black Theater Pioneer Shauneille Perry Ryder Dies at 92. PhotoBlack Theater Pioneer Shauneille Perry Ryder Dies at 92.
by Stephi Wild - June 16, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Black theater pioneer Shauneille Perry Ryder has died at age 92. Perry was an actress, playwright and educator who was one of the first Black women to direct plays Off Broadway, most notably for the New Federal Theater.
BWW Exclusive: Larry Blank Tributes Mentor & Friend Donald Pippin PhotoBWW Exclusive: Larry Blank Tributes Mentor & Friend Donald Pippin
by Larry Blank - June 14, 2022

Larry Blank writes a touching tribute to his longtime friend, Don Pippin, who passed away last week a the age of 95 years old.
Donald Pippin, Broadway Music Director, Conductor & Songwriter Passes Away at 95 PhotoDonald Pippin, Broadway Music Director, Conductor & Songwriter Passes Away at 95
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 10, 2022

Broadway music director, conductor, arranger, and songwriter Donald Pippin has passed away at 95. Pippin's work included his notable collaborations with Jerry Herman, including Mame and La Cage aux Folles. 
Tony Nominated Choreographer, Actor and Director Sammy Dallas Bayes Dies at 82 PhotoTony Nominated Choreographer, Actor and Director Sammy Dallas Bayes Dies at 82
by Stephi Wild - June 3, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony nominated choreographer, director, and actor Sammy Bayes has died at 82.
Dancer, Actor & Broadway Performer Robert John Weber, Jr. Passes Away at 63 PhotoDancer, Actor & Broadway Performer Robert John Weber, Jr. Passes Away at 63
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2022

Robert John Weber, Jr., 63, passed away May 3rd in Wanaque, New Jersey. Born in Midland, Michigan, Robert was a dancer, actor and choreographer who performed on Broadway in Miss Saigon and Meet Me in St. Louis, in the Broadway national tour of Jerome Robbins Broadway and as principal soloist with multiple European ballet companies.
YES Drummer Alan White Passes Away at 72 PhotoYES Drummer Alan White Passes Away at 72
by Michael Major - May 26, 2022

Alan had been looking forward to the forthcoming UK Tour, to celebrating his 50th Anniversary with YES and their iconic Close To The Edge album, where Alan’s journey with YES began in July 1972. He recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his marriage to his loving wife Gigi. Alan passed away peacefully at home.
Ray Liotta Passes Away at 67 PhotoRay Liotta Passes Away at 67
by Michael Major - May 26, 2022

Liotta is most known for playing Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams and Henry Hill in Goodfellas. He has also been seen in the Bee Movie, The Many Saints of Newark, Blow, Wild Hogs, Hannibal, Marriage Story, and more.
Actor John Aylward Has Died at 75 PhotoActor John Aylward Has Died at 75
by Marissa Tomeo - May 21, 2022

According to Deadline, actor John Aylward has died at 75. Aylward was best known for his performances as Dr. Donald Anspaugh on the hit NBC medical drama series ER, which ran from 1994 through 2009. The Seattle-native joined the series during its third season. 
Rosmarie Trapp, Whose Family Inspired THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Dead at 93 PhotoRosmarie Trapp, Whose Family Inspired THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Dead at 93
by A.A. Cristi - May 17, 2022

Rosmarie Trapp, whose family served as the inspiration for the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, has passed away at age 93.
Country Legend Mickey Gilley Has Died at Age 86 PhotoCountry Legend Mickey Gilley Has Died at Age 86
by Marissa Tomeo - May 8, 2022

Country singer and actor Mickey Gilley, known for launching the Urban Cowboy movement in Country music and hit songs including 'Stand By Me,' 'Room Full of Roses' and 'Lonely Nights,' died Saturday in Branson, Missouri. Gilley was 86 and had just come off of the road, his favorite place, having played ten shows in April. He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side.
David Birney, Stage and Screen Actor Known For BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE, Dies at 83 PhotoDavid Birney, Stage and Screen Actor Known For BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE, Dies at 83
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor David Birney has died at age 83.
Country Music Mourns the Passing of Naomi Judd PhotoCountry Music Mourns the Passing of Naomi Judd
by Marissa Tomeo - May 1, 2022

The country music community was rocked today with the tragic news of the sudden passing of country music giant Naomi Judd. Hailing from the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, Ky., mother and daughter duo, The Judds, were first discovered by RCA label head Joe Galante in 1983 after landing a spot on WSM-TV’s 'The Ralph Emery Show.'
Robert Morse, Original Star of HOW TO SUCCEED and MAD MEN, Dies at 90 PhotoRobert Morse, Original Star of HOW TO SUCCEED and MAD MEN, Dies at 90
by Stephi Wild - April 21, 2022

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor Robert Morse has died at age 90. Morse may be best known to Broadway fans as the original  J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role for which he won a Tony Award. 

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