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Obituaries of theatre professionals who have enriched the stage.
Douglas Turner Ward, Tony-Honored Co-Founder of Negro Ensemble Company, Dies at 90
By Ryan McPhee | 02/23/2021
Mr. Ward’s credits spanned directing (including the original production of
A Soldier’s Play
), writing, and performing.
Broadway Producer and General Manager Gary Gunas Dies at 73
By Andrew Gans | 02/23/2021
Mr. Gunas was also featured in the Playbill series
Old Show Queens
with his husband, playwright and record producer Bill Rosenfield.
Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara Pay Tribute to Late Mentor and Teacher Florence Birdwell
By Dan Meyer | 02/16/2021
Ms. Birdwell, a professor of voice at Oklahoma City University, passed away recently.
In the News: Theatre District Restaurateur Joe Allen Dies at 87,
Dear Evan Hansen
Launches 3rd Annual Essay Challenge, More
By Talaura Harms | 02/08/2021
Joe Allen's namesake restaurant, as well as his Orso and Bar Centrale, are among Times Square's most popular hangouts for theatre folk.
Tony and Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer, Captain Von Trapp in
The Sound of Music,
Dies at 91
By Andrew Gans | 02/05/2021
The Canadian-born Shakespearean actor won Tony Awards for his performances in
Tony Winner Hal Holbrook Dies at 95
By Robert Viagas | 02/02/2021
Mark Twain Tonight!
creator was known for his wide-ranging work on stage and screen.
The Theatre Community Remembers the Life and Legacy of Cicely Tyson
By Kerri Kearse, Felicia Fitzpatrick | 01/29/2021
Artists from the stage and screen took to social media to share their memories of the performer, who died January 28 at 96.
Honoring Cicely Tyson With a Look Back at Her Stage Highlights
By Marc J. Franklin | 01/29/2021
The Tony-winning star, known for her distinguished stage and film career, died January 28.
Cicely Tyson, Tony-Winning Star of
The Trip to Bountiful
and More, Is Dead at 96
By Robert Viagas | 01/28/2021
On screen, Ms. Tyson is remembered for acclaimed performances in such works as
Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots
How to Get Away With Murder
2-Time Tony-Winning Choreographer Bob Avian Dies at 83
By Andrew Gans | 01/22/2021
Also a director and producer, Mr. Avian co-choreographed the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning
A Chorus Line
with Michael Bennett.
Philip J. Smith, Former Chair and Co-CEO of The Shubert Organization, Dies at 89
By Robert Simonson, Ryan McPhee | 01/15/2021
Mr. Smith announced his retirement in June 2020, following a 63-year career in the theatre industry.
Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Martin Markinson Dies at 89
By Dan Meyer | 01/11/2021
The theatre maker worked on
Torch Song Trilogy
Honeymoon in Vegas
The Gospel at Colonus
Pulitzer Prize Finalist Lee Breuer Dies at 83
By Dan Meyer | 01/05/2021
The innovative theatre director spent most of his time subverting industry constructs.
In Memoriam: A Look at the Theatre Artists We Lost in 2020
By Ryan McPhee | 01/04/2021
Playbill remembers the actors, directors, playwrights, and other familiar faces of the stage who died this year.
Josh Groban Remembers Late Vocal Coach David Romano
By Andrew Gans | 12/30/2020
Part of the original company of
The Phantom of the Opera
, Mr. Romano was also a respected vocal coach to artists in all fields of entertainment.
Tony-Winning Producer Roger Berlind Dies at 90
By Andrew Gans | 12/28/2020
Mr. Berlind earned a remarkable 25 Tony Awards, from the original 1980 production of
through the 2019 revival of
Stage and Screen Actor Lee Wallace Dead at 90
By Ryan McPhee | 12/28/2020
The performer (and on-screen mayor) appeared on Broadway in
The Cemetery Club, The Apple Doesn’t Fall…
, and more.
Celebrating Rebecca Luker's Work on the Stage
By Playbill Staff | 12/24/2020
The beloved actor and soprano died December 23 at 59.
The Theatre Community Remembers Rebecca Luker
By Felicia Fitzpatrick | 12/23/2020
Members of the theatre community have taken to social media to share their thoughts and memories of the late three-time Tony nominee.
Rebecca Luker, 3-Time Tony-Nominated Performer, Passes Away at 59
By Andrew Gans | 12/23/2020
The radiant soprano made her Main Stem debut in
The Phantom of the Opera
and was most recently seen on Broadway in
A Celebration of Tony and Olivier Award Winner Ann Reinking on the Stage
By Marc J. Franklin | 12/15/2020
In honor of the dancer and choreographer, Playbill looks back at highlights from her theatre career.
The Theatre Community Remembers the Life and Legacy of Ann Reinking
By Kerri Kearse | 12/15/2020
Broadway artists and more took to social media to share their memories of the Tony winner, who died at the age of 71.
Ann Reinking, Dancer-Turned-Tony-Winning-Choreographer and Fosse Muse, Dies at 71
By Ryan McPhee | 12/14/2020
Ms. Reinking won Tony and Olivier Awards for choreographing the revival of
and played Roxie Hart in both the original and long-running Broadway productions.
Tony Winner and Soap Opera Favorite Peg Murray Dies at 96
By Dan Meyer | 12/07/2020
The star originated the role of Fraulein Kost in
and appeared on
All My Children
for 13 years.
Stage and Screen Actor Warren Berlinger Dies at 83
By Logan Culwell-Block | 12/03/2020
The character actor appeared on Broadway in
Annie Get Your Gun
Come Blow Your Horn
, among others.
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