Obituaries Articles
Music Legend Aretha Franklin Passes Away at 76Music Legend Aretha Franklin Passes Away at 76
by BWW News Desk - August 16, 2018

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away today, August 16, in her Detroit home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the Associated Press. She was 76 years old. (more...)
Tony Nominee Mark Baker Passes Away at 71Tony Nominee Mark Baker Passes Away at 71
by BWW News Desk - August 14, 2018

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Mark Baker, a Broadway veteran and Tony nominee, passed away yesterday, August 13. He was 71 years old.  (more...)
John Glines, Tony Winning Producer and Playwright, Passes AwayJohn Glines, Tony Winning Producer and Playwright, Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - August 8, 2018

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of John Glines, a Tony winning producer and playwright. (more...)
Tony Award Winner Gary Beach Passes Away At Age 70Tony Award Winner Gary Beach Passes Away At Age 70
by BWW News Desk - July 18, 2018

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony Award Winner Gary Beach has passed away at age 70. He is survived by his husband Jeffrey Barnett. (more...)
Actor, Director and Composer Roger Perry Passes AwayActor, Director and Composer Roger Perry Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2018

Celebrated Actor, Producer, Director and Composer, Roger Perry, passed away yesterday of Prostate Cancer at home with his loving wife, Joyce, holding his hand. (more...)
Original PACIFIC OVERTURES Actor Ricardo Tobia Found DeadOriginal PACIFIC OVERTURES Actor Ricardo Tobia Found Dead
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Ricardo Tobia, best known in the original Broadway cast of Pacific Overtures, was found dead on Tuesday, July 10. Tobia and his dog, Sparky, were both brutally murdered in Pittsburgh. (more...)
DAMN YANKEES Star Tab Hunter Dies at 86DAMN YANKEES Star Tab Hunter Dies at 86
by BWW News Desk - July 9, 2018

Tab Hunter, star of the film Damn Yankees and Hollywood gay icon of the 1960s and 70s, has died. The news was announced on Facebook. The actor was 86 years old. (more...)
Choreographer Alan Johnson Passes AwayChoreographer Alan Johnson Passes Away
by Stephanie Wild - July 8, 2018

BroadwayWorld has learned Alan Johnson, the choreographer best known for his work on West Side Story, as well as The Producers and other Mel Brooks films, has passed away in his sleep this morning. (more...)
Investigations Opened to Explore Suicide of CHICAGO Actor
Jeff LoeffelholzInvestigations Opened to Explore Suicide of CHICAGO Actor Jeff Loeffelholz
by Alexa Criscitiello - July 6, 2018

This week, it was reported that Jeff Loeffelholz, an original cast member of the 1996 revival of Chicago, had taken his own life. Now, some of the late actor's loved one have launched an online investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. (more...)
Photo Flash: Remembering Liliane MontevecchiPhoto Flash: Remembering Liliane Montevecchi
by Walter McBride - July 6, 2018

BroadwayWorld reported on June 29th that Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi passed away at 85 years old. Take a look back on some of our favorite memories of Montevecchi, in the photos below. (more...)
Original CHICAGO Revival Cast Member Jeff Loeffelholz Passes AwayOriginal CHICAGO Revival Cast Member Jeff Loeffelholz Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - July 5, 2018

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Jeff Loeffelholz, an original cast member of the 1996 revival of Chicago, passed away. (more...)
Broadway Lights Will Dim Tonight for Dame Gillian Lynne; Andrew Lloyd Webber Tributes the LegendBroadway Lights Will Dim Tonight for Dame Gillian Lynne; Andrew Lloyd Webber Tributes the Legend
by BWW News Desk - July 2, 2018

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, trailblazing dancer, director, and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne passed away. She was 92 years old. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York in her memory tonight at exactly 6:45pm for one minute. The Society of London Theatres has announced that the lights will also dim across the West End theatres. (more...)
Broadway Mourns the Passing of Dame Gillian LynneBroadway Mourns the Passing of Dame Gillian Lynne
by BWW News Desk - July 1, 2018

BroadwayWorld reported today that trailblazing dancer, director, and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne has passed away. According to a tweet sent by her official Twitter account, she passed away tonight, July 1, at 6:20pm at the Princess Grace Hospital. The Broadway community took to social media to share memories and condolences. See some of the tributes below. (more...)
Director and Choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne Passes Away at 92Director and Choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne Passes Away at 92
by Stephanie Wild - July 1, 2018

It has been announced today via her official Twitter that trailblazing dancer, director, and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne has passed away. (more...)
Tony Winner Liliane Montevecchi Passes Away at 85Tony Winner Liliane Montevecchi Passes Away at 85
by BWW News Desk - June 29, 2018

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi passed away today, June 29, in New York City. She was 85 years old. (more...)
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...)

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