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Obituaries of theatre professionals who have enriched the stage.
Legendary Composer Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91
By Robert Simonson | 11/26/2021
Stephen Sondheim, a towering figure in musical theatre, has died.
Playwright Ed Bullins Dies at 86
By Logan Culwell-Block | 11/17/2021
One of the leading playwrights of the Black Arts Movement, Bullins wrote works including the 1975 Obie-winning
The Taking of Miss Janie
Broadway Dims Its Lights in Memory of Tony Winner Terrence McNally November 3
By Andrew Gans | 11/03/2021
The Tony-winning playwright passed away March 24, 2020, at the age of 81.
Celebration of Life of Late Playwright Terrence McNally Held on Broadway November 1
By Dan Meyer | 11/01/2021
The five-time Tony Award recipient passed away in March 2020.
Peter Scolari, Emmy-Winning Star of Stage and Screen, Dies at 66
By Andrew Gans | 10/22/2021
Mr. Scolari's New York stage credits included
Lucky Guy, Bronx Bombers, Wicked, Hairspray,
Jekyll & Hyde
Lyricist Leslie Bricusse Dies at 90
By Logan Culwell-Block | 10/19/2021
The Oscar-winning and Tony-nominated writer also penned
The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd
Stop the World - I Want To Get Off
Micki Grant: A Celebration of Life
Allows Fans to Pay Tribute October 11
By Dan Meyer | 10/11/2021
The memorial service also live streams from Riverside Church.
Film & TV News
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
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.
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