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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Gerald Freedman, Prolific Director, Is Dead at 92 by Neil Genzlinger

Among his credits were Broadway shows, operas and the original production of “Hair.” He also influenced numerous actors’ careers as an educator.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

David Schramm, Blustery Comic Foil in ‘Wings,’ Dies at 73 by Neil Genzlinger

Though known from his TV role, he did much of his work on the stage, starting as an original Acting Company member.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright of Gay Life, Dies at 81 by Jesse Green and Neil Genzlinger

Mr. McNally, who died of coronavirus complications, introduced audiences to characters and situations that most mainstream theater had previously shunted into comic asides.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

James Hatch, Archivist of Black Theater, Dies at 91 by Neil Genzlinger

A scholar and historian, he amassed an invaluable trove of interviews and other material with his wife, the filmmaker Camille Billops.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Mart Crowley, ‘Boys in the Band’ Playwright, Dies at 84 by Neil Genzlinger

When it opened in 1968, the play broke new ground in its depiction of gay characters.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Gerald Krone, a Negro Ensemble Company Founder, Dies at 86 by Neil Genzlinger

He provided the administrative know-how that got the theater troupe off the ground in 1967. That he was white drew some criticism.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Zoe Caldwell, Winner of Four Tony Awards, Is Dead at 86 by Neil Genzlinger

Her signature performances included the title role in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and Maria Callas in “Master Class.”

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Terry Hands, Director Known for Hits and ‘Carrie,’ Dies at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

While at the Royal Shakespeare Company, he took several shows to Broadway. One didn’t go so well.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Kevin Conway, ‘Red Ryder’ and ‘Elephant Man’ Actor, Dies at 77 by Neil Genzlinger

In a wide-ranging career, he was also the voice of Mark Twain for a Ken Burns film and of an “Outer Limits” reboot.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lucy Jarvis, Who Took TV Viewers Far and Wide, Dies at 102 by Neil Genzlinger

In an era when few if any producers were women, she got access to the Kremlin, China and more.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Margo Lion, Producer of ‘Hairspray’ and More, Dies at 75 by Neil Genzlinger

In an era when big-budget theater was an increasingly corporate affair, Ms. Lion was a proudly independent producer.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Peter Larkin, Stage Designer With a Funky Asterisk, Dies at 93 by Neil Genzlinger

His Broadway work won him four Tony Awards. A different audience knew another of his designs: the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Jack Garfein, Director From Actors Studio’s Heyday, Dies at 89 by Neil Genzlinger

His family perished in the Holocaust. He survived and came to the United States, where he worked with Ben Gazzara, George Peppard, Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Richard Easton, Stage Veteran and Tony Winner, Dies at 86 by Neil Genzlinger

He won theater’s top prize for his performance in “The Invention of Love,” one of numerous Broadway roles.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

René Auberjonois, a ‘Deep Space Nine’ Star, Dies at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

The busy character actor was also known for “Benson,” “Boston Legal” and several Broadway roles.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Ron Leibman, Tony Winner for ‘Angels,’ Is Dead at 82 by Neil Genzlinger

In addition to his acclaimed turn as Roy Cohn on Broadway, he was known for his work in “Norma Rae,” “Slaughterhouse-Five” and other films.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Marion McClinton, Interpreter of August Wilson, Dies at 65 by Neil Genzlinger

He directed numerous productions of Wilson plays, including two on Broadway, but some of his best work was done in regional theaters.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bernard Slade, 89, Dies; ‘Partridge Family’ Creator and Playwright by Neil Genzlinger

His “Same Time, Next Year” ran for years on Broadway, was made into a movie and is often described as one of the most-produced plays in the world.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mark Medoff, ‘Children of a Lesser God’ Playwright, Dies at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

The work, featuring a central character who is deaf, won the Tony Award for best play in 1980 and was turned into an Oscar-winning 1986 movie.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Georgia Engel, Gentle-Voiced ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Actress, Is Dead at 70 by Neil Genzlinger

After gaining fame as the blustery newsman Ted Baxter’s love interest, Ms. Engel went on to “Everybody Loves Raymond” and more.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hugh Fordin, Writer and Record Producer, Is Dead at 83 by Neil Genzlinger

His DRG label specialized in the American songbook, cast albums and artists like Barbara Cook.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Katherine Helmond, ‘Soap’ and ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Star, Dies at 89 by Neil Genzlinger

Before she found fame on two long-running television series, Ms. Helmond was a well-regarded stage actress.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

John O’Neal, 78, Champion of Theater in the Deep South, Dies by Neil Genzlinger

A founder of the Free Southern Theater in 1963, he was as eager to hear his audiences’ stories as he was to perform.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Kaye Ballard, Indefatigable Comedian and Actress, Dies at 93 by Neil Genzlinger

Best known for the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law,” she also had memorable turns in Broadway musicals and rode the nightclub circuit for years.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Liza Redfield, Who Broke a Broadway Barrier, Is Dead at 94 by Neil Genzlinger

When she led the orchestra for “The Music Man” in 1960, she became the first woman to be hired as a full-time conductor for a Broadway show.

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Ralph Koltai, Innovative Stage Designer, Is Dead at 94 by Neil Genzlinger

His work in opera, theater and ballet cast aside traditional ideas of what sets should be — realistic and utilitarian — in favor of abstract designs that made a statement.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Ricardo Barber, Cuban Actor Who Succeeded in New York, Dies at 81 by Neil Genzlinger

He became a core member of the Spanish-language troupe Repertorio Español after leaving Cuba, where he had spent time in a forced-labor camp.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Charles Weldon, Who Led the Negro Ensemble Company, Dies at 78 by Neil Genzlinger

An “accidental actor,” he found himself on Broadway almost immediately after his career began and went on appear frequently onstage.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

John Ford Noonan, ‘Coupla White Chicks’ Playwright, Dies at 77 by Neil Genzlinger

His plays, produced frequently in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, often threw polar opposites together to explore themes both comic and serious.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Stephen Hillenburg, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator, Dies at 57 by Neil Genzlinger

His cartoon show, loved by the 12-and-under crowd and by many much older fans as well, spawned two movies and a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Douglas Rain, Chilly Voice of a Computer Named HAL, Dies at 90 by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Rain was a regular on the stage at the Stratford Festival for decades, but he was perhaps best known as HAL 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

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