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Brian Friel, 86 (1929 - 2015)
Brian Friel, the Tony Award-winning playwright who created "Dancing at Lughnasa" and more than 30 other plays, has died in Ireland, according to The Associated Press. He was 86. The government and the Arts Council of Ireland said Friel died Friday in his seaside home in County Donegal, northwest Ireland, the setting for most of his five decades of work, the AP said. No cause of death was...
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21 (2015)
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the actor who earned acclaim as the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died at the untimely age of 21. According to MSN and the New York Daily News, his death is a result of a fall from a fire escape at his mother's home. By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Jean...
Roger Rees, 71 (1944 - 2015)
By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Roger Rees, the lanky Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who made his mark onstage as Nicholas Nickleby and later played English multi-millionaire Robin Colcord on the TV show "Cheers," has died. He was 71.Rees died Friday night at his home in New York after a brief illness, said his representative, Rick Miramontez. Rees had...
Margaret Juntwait (2015)
By VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Margaret Juntwait, an American radio broadcaster whose mellifluous voice reached more than 8 million fans worldwide in live Saturday broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera stage, died Wednesday. She was 58. Juntwait died in New York City after a decade-long battle with ovarian cancer, said Met spokesman Sam Neuman. Until Dec. 31,...
Jim Bailey, 77 (1938 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A singer-actor who transformed himself into such show biz legends as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Peggy Lee during a career that spanned decades has died. Jim Bailey was 77.Manager Stephen Campbell says Bailey died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia.Bailey was a Philadelphia native. He performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, at...
Maya Plisetskaya, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at the Bolshoi Theater spanned more than 35 years, has died at...
Julie Wilson, 91 (1924 - 2015)
By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Wilson, a musical theater actress and cabaret star who earned a Tony Award nomination and was cheered for her ability to harness the...
Gene Saks, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of...
Mary Healy, 96 (1918 - 2015)
By LYNN ELBER, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary Healy, a versatile actress and singer who starred with Orson Welles on Broadway and opposite her husband Peter Lind Hayes for nearly 60...
Don Harron, 90 (1924 - 2015)
The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Don Harron, who entertained TV audiences in Canada and the U.S. with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson and helped bring the Canadian classic novel "Anne of...
Chitresh Das (2015)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chitresh Das, a renowned practitioner and teacher of the kathak form of Indian classical dance, has died. He was 70.The San Francisco-based Chhandam School...
Mandy Rice-Davies, 70 (1944 - 2014)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her...
Bob Baker (2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Baker, the founder of one of America's oldest puppet theaters, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.The cause of death was kidney failure,...
Marian Seldes, 86 (1928 - 2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Actress Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of "A Delicate Balance" who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to...
Yuri Lyubimov, 97 (1917 - 2014)
LYNN BERRY, The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Soviet and Russian actor and director Yuri Lyubimov, founder of Moscow's renowned Taganka Theater, which he led for more than four decades, has died at...
Donald Sinden, 90 (1923 - 2014)
GREGORY KATZ, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British actor Donald Sinden, known for his rich voice and varied roles, died Friday at his home in Kent, southern England, of prostate cancer, his...
Julius Rudel, 93 (1921 - 2014)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Julius Rudel, who was the general director and principal conductor of the New York City Opera for 22 years until 1979 and led other operas around...
Mary Rodgers, 83 (1931 - 2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers who found her own fame as composer of the 1959 musical "Once Upon a Mattress" and as...
Jimmy C. Newman, 86 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy C. Newman, known for mixing Cajun and country music, has died.Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt confirmed Newman died in...
Nicholas Martin (2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Martin, an actor-turned-director who ran two important Massachusetts theater companies and earned a Tony Award nomination for directing ...
Phillip Hayes Dean (2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in...
Phyllis Frelich, 70 (1944 - 2014)
TERRY TANG, The Associated PressPhyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.Frelich, died Thursday at...
Mitch Leigh (2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Leigh, a successful advertising jingle writer with an exuberantly entrepreneurial side whose debut attempt at writing music for a...
Gerard Mortier, 70 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) — Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has...
Carmen Zapata, 86 (1927 - 2014)
SUE MANNING, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, has died of heart...
Patrice Chereau, 68 (1944 - 2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Patrice Chereau, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, has died, officials said Tuesday....
Henry Guettel (2013)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Henry Guettel, a film executive with both 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures as well as a former head of the Theatre Development Fund, died...
Lotfi Mansouri, 84 (1929 - 2013)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.The San Francisco Opera said Mansouri died Friday...
Vanoye Aikens (2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A star dancer for the great African-American choreographer Katherine Dunham has died.Longtime friend Robert Wood says Vanoye (van-OY') Aikens died Saturday in...
Julie Harris, 87 (1925 - 2013)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Harris, one of Broadway's most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the...