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Obituaries of theatre professionals who have enriched the stage.
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In the News: Remembering George Ferencz
By Andrew Gans, Dan Meyer, Logan Culwell-Block | 09/23/2021
Plus: Colin Donnell, Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and more tapped for small screen gigs.
Pioneering Black Theatremaker Melvin Van Peebles Dies at 89
By Dan Meyer | 09/23/2021
The three-time Tony nominee created
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Micki Grant: A Celebration of Life
Will Allow Fans to Pay Tribute in NYC and From Home
By Dan Meyer | 09/21/2021
A memorial service for the composer-performer will be held at Riverside Church.
Elizabeth I. McCann, Longtime Tony-Winning Broadway Producer With a Taste for Drama, Dies at 90
By Robert Simonson | 09/10/2021
Ms. McCann was the recipient of nine Tony Awards throughout her lengthy producing career.
Emmy Winner Ed Asner, Star of
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
, Dies at 91
By Talaura Harms | 08/30/2021
The character actor was last seen on Broadway in the 2012 play
Micki Grant, Composer and Star of
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope,
Has Died at 92
By Andrew Gans | 08/23/2021
The three-time Tony nominee was the first woman to write and star in an original Broadway musical.
Arthur French, Original Negro Ensemble Company Member, Dies at 89
By Dan Meyer | 08/06/2021
The performer appeared on Broadway in
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
The Iceman Cometh
, and more.
Alvin Y. F. Ing, Star of
and Its Revival, Dies at 89
By Andrew Gans | 08/02/2021
Mr. Ing also starred in the Broadway revival of
Flower Drum Song
, featuring a revised book by David Henry Hwang.
Award Named in Honor of Rebecca Luker Will Celebrate ALS Heroes
By Dan Meyer | 07/27/2021
Nominations are now open for the Target ALS Rebecca Luker Courage Award.
Tony and Emmy Winner Elliot Lawrence Dies at 96
By Talaura Harms | 07/12/2021
The musician served as music director and conductor for the Tony Awards broadcast for 46 years.
Wig Designer Paul Huntley Dies at 88
By Dan Meyer | 07/09/2021
The Tony honoree created hairstyles for over 200 Broadway productions.
Tony Nominee and Olivier Winner Karla Burns Dies at 66
By Talaura Harms | 06/15/2021
The actress was the first Black performer to win an Olivier Award with her performance of Queenie in
Stage and Screen Performer Lisa Banes Dies at 65
By Dan Meyer | 06/15/2021
alum's Broadway credits included
Watch Doreen Montalvo’s Emotional Reaction to Seeing Herself on Screen in
In The Heights
By Dan Meyer | 06/14/2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda shared footage of the late performer from 2020.
Tony Nominee Samuel E. Wright Dies at 74
By Dan Meyer | 05/26/2021
The performer, Broadway's original Mufasa in
The Lion King,
voiced Sebastian in Disney’s
The Little Mermaid
Broadway Dancers and Choreographers Recall How Jacques D’Amboise Changed Musical Theatre Dance
By Ruthie Fierberg | 05/03/2021
Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown, and more share how the choreographer, who passed away May 2 at age 86, impacted Broadway and beyond.
Looking Back at Olympia Dukakis’ Stage Career
By Ryan McPhee, Marc J. Franklin | 05/03/2021
The Oscar winner and theatre veteran died May 1 at the age of 89.
Arthur T. Birsh, Playbill Chairman Emeritus, Has Died at 88
By Andrew Birsh and Andrew Gans | 04/21/2021
Mr. Birsh began working for Playbill in 1961 as manager of the magazine’s printing plant; by 1973 he had become the sole proprietor of the company synonymous with Broadway.
Jim Steinman, Pop-Rock Hitmaker Responsible for
Bat Out of Hell
Dance of the Vampires
, Dies at 73
By Ryan McPhee | 04/20/2021
The composer’s works include songs made famous by Celine Dion, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, and more.
Tony and Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Anthony Powell Dies at 85
By Talaura Harms | 04/20/2021
The English designer recreated everything from Spanish conquistadors to silent film stars for Hollywood and Broadway.
Tony and Olivier Nominee Paul Ritter Dies at 54
By Andrew Gans | 04/06/2021
Mr. Ritter, known for his work in the U.K. TV series
Friday Night Dinner,
made his Broadway debut in
The Norman Conquests.
Tony Nominee William 'Biff' McGuire Dies at 94
By Talaura Harms | 04/05/2021
The twice-nominated actor's career spanned seven decades with roles on stage and screen.
3-Time Tony-Nominated Playwright Arthur Kopit Dies at 83
By Logan Culwell-Block | 04/05/2021
Best remembered for his Pulitzer finalist plays
, Kopit also penned the book to the 1982 musical
Tony-Winning Lighting Designer Pat Collins Dies at 88
By Dan Meyer | 04/01/2021
The theatre artist worked on dozens of productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional and international theatres.
Broadway Alum and Emmy Winner Jessica Walter Dies at 80
By Dan Meyer | 03/25/2021
The star appeared in shows like
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