Obituaries Articles
Broadway Choreographer, Donald McKayle, Passes Away at Age 87Broadway Choreographer, Donald McKayle, Passes Away at Age 87
by Alexa Criscitiello - April 10, 2018

Choreographer Donald McKayle, whose work on the musical Raisin made him the first black man to direct and choreograph a Broadway show, passed away on Friday in Irvine, California. He was 87 years old. (more...)
Sammy Williams, Tony Winning A CHORUS LINE Star Dies at 69Sammy Williams, Tony Winning A CHORUS LINE Star Dies at 69
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2018

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that Sammy Williams, best known for his Tony Award winning performance as Paul San Marco in the original production of A Chorus Line, has passed away at 69. (more...)
BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last TimeBWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time
by BroadwayWorld TV - March 1, 2018

As magical as the evening was, after Freddie Gershon gave an impassioned presentation to the duo, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones hit the stage and brought the house down at ages 88 and 89 respectively. They joined forces onstage to perform a song from their musical The Bone Room, described by Jones as being about 'the pleasures of dying and being embalmed in this great country of ours.' Below, watch as they perform together for the last time. BWW feels privileged to share with you a bit of highlights of these two legends together before a rapt and ecstatic audience who precded to shower them with a (well deserved) standing ovation... RIP Harvey Schmidt.  (more...)
BWW Flashback: Harvey Schmidt Reminisces on His Legendary Career in the TheatreBWW Flashback: Harvey Schmidt Reminisces on His Legendary Career in the Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - March 1, 2018

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported earlier today, legendary composer Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do!) passed away last night in Texas at 88 years of age. A family only funeral will take place in Texas next week, with a New York memorial to come at a future date. (more...)
Harvey Schmidt, Legendary Composer of THE FANTASTICKS, 110 IN THE SHADE & More Dies at 88Harvey Schmidt, Legendary Composer of THE FANTASTICKS, 110 IN THE SHADE & More Dies at 88
by BWW News Desk - March 1, 2018

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that legendary composer Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do!)  passed away last night in Texas at 88 years of age. A family only funeral will take place in Texas next week, with a New York memorial to come at a future date. (more...)
Actor James Colby Passes Away at Age 56Actor James Colby Passes Away at Age 56
by BWW News Desk - February 26, 2018

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that actor James Colby passed away on February 23rd. He was 56. Colby was most recently seen on Broadway in Lynn Nottage's SWEAT. (more...)
Tony Winner Nanette Fabray Passes Away at 97Tony Winner Nanette Fabray Passes Away at 97
by BWW News Desk - February 23, 2018

According to the New York Times, Tony and Emmy Award-winning star of the stage and screen, Nanette Fabray passed away yesterday at her California home. She was 97 years old. (more...)
Chairman of Astoria's Kaufman Center George Kaufman Dies at 89Chairman of Astoria's Kaufman Center George Kaufman Dies at 89
by BWW News Desk - February 22, 2018

According to Deadline, George Kaufman died on February 20th. He was 89. Kaufman was chairman of Astoria's prominent Kaufman studios where shows such as THE PATH, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and NURSE JACKIE were filmed. (more...)
BEAUTIFUL Star Scott J. Campbell Dies At 33BEAUTIFUL Star Scott J. Campbell Dies At 33
by Alan Henry - February 21, 2018

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Scott J. Campbell, who most recently starred on Broadway as Gerry Goffin in Beautiful. (more...)
VIDEO: How Could She Leave Us? Remembering Jan Maxwell in an Extended Clip from FOLLIESVIDEO: How Could She Leave Us? Remembering Jan Maxwell in an Extended Clip from FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - February 13, 2018

This weekend Broadway said goodbye to one of its most beloved stars Jan Maxwell. A paragon of the industry, she passed away on Sunday, February 11 at age 61. HMS Media has shared an extended clip of one of Maxwell's final performances as Phyllis in FOLLIES. Watch below to see the iconic songstress in action. (more...)
Photo Flash: Remembering Jan MaxwellPhoto Flash: Remembering Jan Maxwell
by Walter McBride - February 12, 2018

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, Broadway star Jan Maxwell passed away at 61 years of age after a battle with cancer. The star is survived by her husband, actor/playwright Robert Emmet Lunney, and their son William Maxwell-Lunney. (more...)
BWW TV: Remembering Jan Maxwell- Watch an Intimate Conversation from 2011BWW TV: Remembering Jan Maxwell- Watch an Intimate Conversation from 2011
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 12, 2018

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, Broadway star Jan Maxwellhas passed away at 61 years of age after a battle with cancer. The star is survived by her husband, actor/playwright Robert Emmet Lunney, and their son William Maxwell-Lunney. (more...)
Broadway Mourns The Passing of Jan MaxwellBroadway Mourns The Passing of Jan Maxwell
by BWW News Desk - February 12, 2018

The Broadway community took to social media to share memories and condolences. See some of the tributes to Maxwell below. (more...)
Broadway Star Jan Maxwell Dies at 61Broadway Star Jan Maxwell Dies at 61
by BWW News Desk - February 11, 2018

According to multiple reports on social media by both friends and former castmates, Broadway star Jan Maxwell has passed away at 61 years of age after a battle with cancer. (more...)
Kelsey Grammer Speaks Out on the Loss of FRASIER Co-Star John MahoneyKelsey Grammer Speaks Out on the Loss of FRASIER Co-Star John Mahoney
by Danielle Gutierrez - February 6, 2018

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, February 5th, Tony-winner and screen actor John Mahoney passed away at the age of 77. Today, actor Kelsey Grammer has spoken out in remembrance of his late friend and Frasier castmate. (more...)
Tony Award-Winner and Television Star John Mahoney Passes Away at 77Tony Award-Winner and Television Star John Mahoney Passes Away at 77
by Alexa Criscitiello - February 5, 2018

It has been reported this evening that John Mahoney, a veteran actor of stage and screen, has passed away at age 77. (more...)
Tony Nominee Louis Zorich Passes Away at 93Tony Nominee Louis Zorich Passes Away at 93
by BWW News Desk - February 1, 2018

According to the Daily News, stage and screen star Louis Zorich passed away earlier this week. He was 93 years old. (more...)
GLEE Star Mark Salling Found Dead After Apparent SuicideGLEE Star Mark Salling Found Dead After Apparent Suicide
by TV News Desk - January 30, 2018

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Salling, perhaps best known as football player Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on FOX's musical dramedy GLEE, has died. He was 35 years old. (more...)
Broadway and Film Composer John Morris Passes Away at 91Broadway and Film Composer John Morris Passes Away at 91
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2018

According to the New York Times, stage and film composer and frequent collaborator of Mel Brooks, John Morris, passed away from complications of a respiratory infection. He was 91 years old. (more...)
Nashville Theater Family Mourns the Death of Grammy Award-Winner/Broadway Veteran Lari WhiteNashville Theater Family Mourns the Death of Grammy Award-Winner/Broadway Veteran Lari White
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 23, 2018

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer and actress Lari White Cannon who made her Broadway debut in the Johnny Cash musical review Ring of Fire died early this morning in Nashville after a battle with peritoneal cancer. She was 52 years old. (more...)
Photo Flash: Remembering Dorothy MalonePhoto Flash: Remembering Dorothy Malone
by Walter McBride - January 20, 2018

Oscar-winning actress Dorothy Malone, best known as Constance Carson on soap opera Peyton Place, has died today at age 93. Take a look back on some highlights from Malone's life. (more...)
WEST SIDE STORY Film Editor, Thomas Stanford, Passes Away at 93WEST SIDE STORY Film Editor, Thomas Stanford, Passes Away at 93
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2017

Film editor, Thomas Stanford, who was an Academy Award-winner for his work on the musical West Side Story, passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. (more...)
Original Star of Broadway's COMPANY Steve Elmore Dies at 84Original Star of Broadway's COMPANY Steve Elmore Dies at 84
by BWW News Desk - December 5, 2017

Steve Elmore, an original cast member of Stephen Sondheim's ground-breaking musical 'Company' as well as a regular presence on Broadway for more than three decades, passed away recently in Florida at age 84, his wife Carolyn Marcell Elmore confirmed. (more...)
Georgia Ensemble Theatre Mourns Loss of Co-Founder & Artistic Director Robert FarleyGeorgia Ensemble Theatre Mourns Loss of Co-Founder & Artistic Director Robert Farley
by BWW News Desk - December 1, 2017

North Fulton's only professional theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), is saddened to announce that beloved co-founder and Artistic Director Robert Farley passed away unexpectedly at home yesterday. (more...)
Music and Television Legend, David Cassidy, Passes Away at 67Music and Television Legend, David Cassidy, Passes Away at 67
by Alexa Criscitiello - November 21, 2017

Former teen icon, David Cassidy, who rose to stardom on the 1970's musical sitcom The Partridge Family has died passed away at the age of 67. (more...)

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