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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 the author of the body-shifting book "Freaky Friday," has died. She was 83.Rodgers died Thursday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness, her son Alec Guettel said.Rodgers' hit "Once Upon a...
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 the world, died Thursday morning, his representative said. He was 93.Lisa Jaehnig said Rudel died of natural causes in his New York City home.Rudel was born in Austria, but moved to America as a...
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 Nashville on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 86.Originally from Louisiana, Newman joined the Opry in 1956 and last performed there on June 6, with his band, Cajun Country.His hits include country...
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 "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" on Broadway last year, has died. He was 75.Martin, who had been battling throat cancer, died Wednesday evening at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, said...
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 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. He was 83.His plays include "The Last American Dixieland Band," ''Moloch Blues," ''Freeman," ''The Owl Killer and...
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...
Shirley Herz, 87 (1925 - 2013)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Shirley Herz, an indefatigable press agent who became as legendary in the New York theater community as the hundreds of shows and stars she...
Fernando Alonso, 98 (1914 - 2013)
The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Cuban state media say that Fernando Alonso, co-founder of Cuba's National Ballet, has died. He was 98.Alonso was the ex-husband of world-renowned ballerina and...
Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins (2013)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins, who co-founded Chicago's Second City theater and who nurtured the early careers of many of "Saturday Night Live's" biggest stars over...
Helen Hanft, 79 (1934 - 2013)
NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Hanft, the Bronx-born comedic actress who was a leading star of the off-off Broadway theater movement of the 1960s and 70s, has died in New York City. She was 79. Hanft's...
Franca Rame, 84 (1928 - 2013)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Franca Rame, an Italian actress and wife of Nobel laureate Dario Fo, died Wednesday at the age of 84 after a long illness.Rame's death was marked with a moment of...
Frederic Franklin, 98 (1914 - 2013)
VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Frederic Franklin, a British-born dancer who helped popularize modern ballet in the United States and performed until his mid-90s, has died....
Maria Tallchief, 88 (1925 - 2013)
CARYN ROUSSEAU, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as "The Nutcracker," ''Firebird," and other...
Rise Stevens, 99 (1913 - 2013)
DEEPTI HAJELA, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Mezzo-soprano opera star Rise Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was...
Jerome Savary (2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Jerome Savary, a director who broadened the appeal of theater to French audiences and helped popularize musicals, has died at age 70.Known for joyous, entertaining...
John Kerr (1931 - 2013)
The Associated PressPASADENA, Calif. (AP) — John Kerr, the stage and film actor whose credits include the movie "South Pacific," the thriller "The Pit and the Pendulum" and a Tony Award-winning...
Delores Prida (2013)
JENNIFER PELTZ, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Dolores Prida, a writer who chronicled Hispanic life on stages, on opinion pages and in advice columns until her death last week, is being...
Larry L. King (1929 - 2012)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became a hit Tony Award-nominated...
Lisa Della Casa, 93 (1919 - 2012)
JOHN HEILPRIN, The Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Famed for her beauty that matched her serene voice, Swiss-born diva Lisa Della Casa swept up crowds at opera houses of the past century with an...
Kanzaburo Nakamura, 57 (1955 - 2012)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, who helped boost the popularity of the traditional Japanese art form, has died. He was 57.The Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, where he...
Martin Richards, 80 (1932 - 2012)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Martin Richards, the Tony Award-winning producer behind such Broadway hits as "Sweeney Todd," and "The Will Rogers Follies," has died after...
Pyotr Fomenko, 80 (2012)
VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Pyotr Fomenko, a renowned Russian stage director who founded one of Moscow's leading theaters, has died. He was 80. Fomenko, who staged...