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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tony Lo Bianco, ‘French Connection’ Actor, Is Dead at 87 by Anita Gates

Once labeled a “natural-born heavy,” he shined onscreen and especially onstage, securing a Tony nomination and winning an Obie Award.

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Monday, June 3, 2024

Janis Paige, Star of Broadway’s ‘The Pajama Game,’ Is Dead at 101 by Anita Gates

She first made her mark in the all-star 1944 movie “Hollywood Canteen” before finding acclaim on the musical stage. Movie and TV roles followed.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Barbara Rush, Award-Winning TV and Film Actress, Dies at 97 by Anita Gates

She received a Golden Globe in 1954 as that year’s rising star and appeared in movies alongside Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Glynis Johns, Tony Winner for ‘A Little Night Music,’ Dies at 100 by Anita Gates

In a trans-Atlantic career that endured for more than 60 years, she was also known for her role in the hit 1965 Disney movie “Mary Poppins.”

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Frances Sternhagen, Actress Who Thrived in Mature Roles, Dies at 93 by Anita Gates

Her Tony-winning Broadway career included “Driving Miss Daisy,” “On Golden Pond” and “The Heiress.” On TV she had maternal roles in “Cheers” and “Sex and the City.”

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Megan Terry, Feminist Playwright and Rock Musical Innovator, Dies at 90 by Anita Gates

She wrote 70 plays, won an Obie Award and wrote and directed “Viet Rock,” a musical that predated “Hair” and is considered the first U.S. stage work to address the Vietnam War.

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Eddie Mekka, a Star of ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Is Dead at 69 by Anita Gates

As Carmine Ragusa on the hit sitcom, he got to show off his singing, tap-dancing and gymnastic skills — and to croon “Rags to Riches” many times.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Elizabeth McCann, 90, Dies; Broadway Producer With a Formidable Track Record by Anita Gates

In a career that began in 1976, she won nine Tony Awards and helped bring “Equus,” “Amadeus” and the work of Edward Albee to the New York stage.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Ed Asner, Star of ‘Lou Grant’ and ‘Up,’ Is Dead at 91 by Anita Gates

Best known as the gruff newsman he first played on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” he was also a busy character actor and a political activist.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89 by Anita Gates

A veteran of the stage known for playing worldly wise and world-weary characters, she was cast in mature roles as early as her late 30s.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Arthur Kopit, whose ‘Oh Dad, Poor Dad’ shook up the theater, dies by Anita Gates

Arthur Kopit, the avant-garde playwright who thrust off-Broadway into a new era with the absurdist satirical farce “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ S…

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Arthur Kopit, Whose ‘Oh Dad’ Shook Up the Theater, Dies at 83 by Anita Gates

A three-time Tony nominee, he first became known for avant-garde works, many of them christened with rambling titles, that sparked spirited reactions.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Nicola Pagett, ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ Actress, Dies at 75 by Anita Gates

She preferred the stage, but she won praise for her work on television as the rebellious and thoroughly spoiled Elizabeth Bellamy, and later as Anna Karenina.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Gunnel Lindblom, Familiar Face in Bergman Films, Dies at 89 by Anita Gates

She appeared in early Ingmar Bergman classics like “The Seventh Seal,” “Wild Strawberries” and “The Virgin Spring” and devoted much of her long career to the stage.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Dawn Wells, Mary Ann on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dies at 82 by Anita Gates

Her character on the hit 1960s sitcom radiated all-American wholesomeness and a youthful charm. After her TV career cooled down, she focused on theater acting.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Rebecca Luker, a Broadway Star for Three Decades, Dies at 59 by Anita Gates

Her Broadway career, fueled by her crystal-clear operatic soprano, brought her Tony Award nominations for “Showboat,” “The Music Man” and “Mary Poppins.”

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Lynn Kellogg, Who Found the Spotlight in ‘Hair,’ Dies at 77 by Anita Gates

She had a leading role as an uptight debutante-turned-hippie in the original Broadway production. She died of Covid-19.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Conchata Ferrell, Memorable Maid on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ Dies at 77 by Anita Gates

She first achieved acclaim on the stage. But she was best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Berta, Charlie Sheen’s gruff housekeeper.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Brent Carver, Versatile Tony-Winning Actor, Dies at 68 by Anita Gates

He played Hamlet, the wizard Gandalf and Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” But he was probably best known for “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Honor Blackman, a Memorable James Bond Adversary, Dies at 94 by Anita Gates

In a long career she was best known for an early role: Pussy Galore, who declared herself immune to Agent 007’s charms before judo-flipping him.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Mark Blum, a Familiar Face Off Broadway, Is Dead at 69 by Anita Gates

Mr. Blum, who died of coronavirus complications, was also seen on Broadway; in “Crocodile Dundee” and other movies; and on numerous television shows.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Adela Holzer, Whose Fall From Grace Was Theatrical, Is Dead by Anita Gates

She went from being “Broadway’s hottest producer” to “one of the cleverest and most successful white-collar criminals in the history of this state.”

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Danny Aiello, Actor in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 86 by Anita Gates

A memorable character actor on stage and screen, Mr. Aiello won an Academy Award nomination for his role in Spike Lee’s 1989 film.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Ann Crumb, Who Starred in ‘Aspects of Love,’ Is Dead at 69 by Anita Gates

She was also nominated for a Tony for her performance in the title role of “Anna Karenina” and was a member of the original cast of “Les Misérables.”

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Anna Quayle, British Character Actress, Is Dead at 86 by Anita Gates

She bantered with John Lennon in “A Hard Day’s Night” and won a Tony for playing four women in “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off.”

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rip Torn, an Outsize Presence Onstage and Off, Is Dead at 88 by Anita Gates

Mr. Torn won an Emmy for “The Larry Sanders Show” and acclaim for his theater work. But he was dogged by his reputation as a troublemaker.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Paul Benjamin, a ‘Corner Man’ in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Is Dead by Anita Gates

In a career that lasted almost half a century, he also appeared on screen opposite Clint Eastwood and other stars and was frequently seen on television.

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Sid Ramin, ‘West Side Story’ Orchestrator and a Composer, Dies at 100 by Anita Gates

A childhood friend of Leonard Bernstein, he won an Oscar and a Grammy for his work on the film “West Side Story” and 12 Clio Awards for his work in TV advertising.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sylvia Miles, Actress With a Flair for the Flamboyant, Dies at 94 by Anita Gates

She won Oscar nominations for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely” and gossip-column attention for her indefatigable partygoing.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Terry Allen Kramer, Tony-Winning Producer, Is Dead at 85 by Anita Gates

She won five Tony Awards as a Broadway producer, but was just as well known as the grande dame of Palm Beach, Fla., socialites.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies by Anita Gates

A Broadway hoofer who went to Hollywood to tutor William Holden, Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Jerry Lewis, Tuesday Weld and Jane Fonda, to name a few.

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards