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Celebrity Deaths in Theater

  • Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21 (2015)

    Kyle Jean-Baptiste

    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...

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  • Roger Rees, 71 (1944 - 2015)

    Roger Rees

    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...

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  • Margaret Juntwait (2015)

    Margaret Juntwait

    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,...

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  • Jim Bailey, 77 (1938 - 2015)

    Jim Bailey

    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...

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  • Maya Plisetskaya, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Maya Plisetskaya

    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 age 89.Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin told the state news agency Tass that Plisetskaya died in Germany of a heart attack on Saturday.President Vladimir Putin issued a message of condolence and tributes...

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