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Obituaries of theatre professionals who have enriched the stage.
Broadway Actor Patti Karr Dies at 88
By Andrew Gans | 08/03/2020
Ms. Karr appeared in over 20 Main Stem productions, including as an understudy for Chita Rivera, Gwen Verdon, and Michele Lee.
David Rosenberg, Co-Founder of Connecticut Critics Circle, Dies at 90
By Andrew Gans | 07/22/2020
Mr. Rosenberg was also a member of the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and the American Theatre Critics Association.
Broadway Veteran Phyllis Somerville Dies at 76
By Ryan McPhee | 07/17/2020
The stage and screen regular last appeared on Broadway in
To Kill a Mockingbird.
The Theatre Community Remembers the Life and Work of Nick Cordero
By Kerri Kearse | 07/06/2020
Broadway artists and more took to social media to share their memories of the performer, who died July 5 after a battle with the coronavirus.
Nick Cordero Passes Away at Age 41
By Playbill Staff | 07/05/2020
The actor, who fought a long battle with the coronavirus, was Tony-nominated for creating the role of Cheech in
Bullets Over Broadway.
Tony and Olivier Award Winner Ian Holm Dies at 88
By Dan Meyer | 06/19/2020
The stage and screen star appeared on Broadway and in the West End, as well as in
The Lord of the Rings
Broadway Alum Chris Trousdale, Member of Boy Band Dream Street, Dies at 34
By Dan Meyer | 06/03/2020
The performer appeared in
The Sound of Music
Off-Broadway Industry Stalwart John McCormack Dies at 61
By Dan Meyer | 06/01/2020
The non-profit theatre advocate was the artistic director and co-founder of several companies.
The Theatre Community Remembers Larry Kramer
By Felicia Fitzpatrick | 05/27/2020
The playwright and AIDS activist died May 27 at the age of 84.
Playwright and Ardent AIDS Activist Larry Kramer Dies at 84
By Robert Viagas | 05/27/2020
Among his works were
The Normal Heart
and the Pulitzer finalist
The Destiny of Me.
Actor and Comedian Jerry Stiller Dies at Age 92
By Olivia Clement | 05/11/2020
star and Broadway alum passed away from natural causes.
Rosalind Elias, Opera Star Who Appeared in
on Broadway, Dies at 90
By Ryan McPhee | 05/04/2020
The mezzo-soprano played Heidi in the 2011 revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical.
Bernard Gersten, Major Player in New York Nonprofit Theatre World, Dies at Age 97
By Robert Simonson | 04/27/2020
As managing director of The Public Theater and then executive producer at Lincoln Center Theater, Mr. Gersten was at the forefront of two of the most significant non-profit theatre companies in New York City.
Terence Frisby, Playwright of
There’s a Girl in My Soup
, Dies at 87
By Dan Meyer | 04/24/2020
The British artist also appeared on stage in several productions, including
in the West End.
Tony Winner Shirley Knight, Star of Stage and Screen, Dies at 83
By Andrew Gans | 04/22/2020
Ms. Knight was also a two-time Oscar nominee.
René Buch, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Repertorio Español, Dies at 94
By Olivia Clement | 04/20/2020
Born in Cuba in 1925, Buch was an artistic leader, playwright, and director for the theatre, as well as a lawyer, editor, and painter.
Two-Time Tony Winner Brian Dennehy, Masterful Interpreter of Eugene O'Neill, Samuel Beckett, and Arthur Miller, Dies at 81
By Andrew Gans | 04/16/2020
Mr. Dennehy won Tony Awards for his performances in Miller's
Death of a Salesman
Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Los Angeles Theatre Artist Diane Rodriguez Dies at 68
By Ryan McPhee | 04/13/2020
The writer, director, and performer was a leader at such organizations as Center Theatre Group, the Theatre Communications Group, and the National Council on the Arts.
Wynn Handman, Founder of American Place Theatre, Dies at 97
By Olivia Clement | 04/13/2020
Mr. Handman is the subject of the 2019 documentary film
It Takes a Lunatic
as well as the book
WYNN PLACE SHOW.
Theatre Director and Writer Gerald Freedman Dies at 91
By Dan Meyer | 04/03/2020
The artist helmed several productions on Broadway, in addition to operas, Off-Broadway, and regional work.
The Theatre Community Remembers Adam Schlesinger on Social Media
By Felicia Fitzpatrick | 04/02/2020
Members of the theatre community have taken to social media to share their thoughts and memories of the Tony-nominated composer.
Tony-Nominated and Emmy-Winning Composer Adam Schlesinger Has Passed Away at Age 52
By Olivia Clement | 04/02/2020
The composer of
and the upcoming
musicals, died April 1 of COVID-19 related causes.
Broadway Actor David Schramm Has Passed Away at Age 73
By Olivia Clement | 03/29/2020
Schramm, who was seen in
Finian's Rainbow, Bedroom Farce,
was a founding member of The Acting Company.
Mark Blum, Obie-Winning Star of Stage and Screen, Dies at 69
By Andrew Gans | 03/26/2020
His Broadway career spanned nearly 40 years.
Look Back at the Shows Terrence McNally Brought to Broadway
By Marc J. Franklin | 03/25/2020
In honor of the prolific, Tony Award-winning writer, Playbill takes a look back at the shows he brought to Broadway throughout his six decade career.
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