Celebrity Deaths in Theater

  • Brian Friel, 86 (1929 - 2015)

    Brian Friel

    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...

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  • 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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