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Obituaries of theatre professionals who have enriched the stage.
2-Time Tony-Winning Choreographer Bob Avian Dies at 83
By Andrew Gans | 01/22/2021
Also a director and producer, Mr. Avian co-choreographed the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning
A Chorus Line
with Michael Bennett.
Philip J. Smith, Former Chair and Co-CEO of The Shubert Organization, Dies at 89
By Robert Simonson, Ryan McPhee | 01/15/2021
Mr. Smith announced his retirement in June 2020, following a 63-year career in the theatre industry.
Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Martin Markinson Dies at 89
By Dan Meyer | 01/11/2021
The theatre maker worked on
Torch Song Trilogy
Honeymoon in Vegas
The Gospel at Colonus
Pulitzer Prize Finalist Lee Breuer Dies at 83
By Dan Meyer | 01/05/2021
The innovative theatre director spent most of his time subverting industry constructs.
In Memoriam: A Look at the Theatre Artists We Lost in 2020
By Ryan McPhee | 01/04/2021
Playbill remembers the actors, directors, playwrights, and other familiar faces of the stage who died this year.
Josh Groban Remembers Late Vocal Coach David Romano
By Andrew Gans | 12/30/2020
Part of the original company of
The Phantom of the Opera
, Mr. Romano was also a respected vocal coach to artists in all fields of entertainment.
Tony-Winning Producer Roger Berlind Dies at 90
By Andrew Gans | 12/28/2020
Mr. Berlind earned a remarkable 25 Tony Awards, from the original 1980 production of
through the 2019 revival of
Stage and Screen Actor Lee Wallace Dead at 90
By Ryan McPhee | 12/28/2020
The performer (and on-screen mayor) appeared on Broadway in
The Cemetery Club, The Apple Doesn’t Fall…
, and more.
Celebrating Rebecca Luker's Work on the Stage
By Playbill Staff | 12/24/2020
The beloved actor and soprano died December 23 at 59.
The Theatre Community Remembers Rebecca Luker
By Felicia Fitzpatrick | 12/23/2020
Members of the theatre community have taken to social media to share their thoughts and memories of the late three-time Tony nominee.
Rebecca Luker, 3-Time Tony-Nominated Performer, Passes Away at 59
By Andrew Gans | 12/23/2020
The radiant soprano made her Main Stem debut in
The Phantom of the Opera
and was most recently seen on Broadway in
A Celebration of Tony and Olivier Award Winner Ann Reinking on the Stage
By Marc J. Franklin | 12/15/2020
In honor of the dancer and choreographer, Playbill looks back at highlights from her theatre career.
The Theatre Community Remembers the Life and Legacy of Ann Reinking
By Kerri Kearse | 12/15/2020
Broadway artists and more took to social media to share their memories of the Tony winner, who died at the age of 71.
Ann Reinking, Dancer-Turned-Tony-Winning-Choreographer and Fosse Muse, Dies at 71
By Ryan McPhee | 12/14/2020
Ms. Reinking won Tony and Olivier Awards for choreographing the revival of
and played Roxie Hart in both the original and long-running Broadway productions.
Tony Winner and Soap Opera Favorite Peg Murray Dies at 96
By Dan Meyer | 12/07/2020
The star originated the role of Fraulein Kost in
and appeared on
All My Children
for 13 years.
Stage and Screen Actor Warren Berlinger Dies at 83
By Logan Culwell-Block | 12/03/2020
The character actor appeared on Broadway in
Annie Get Your Gun
Come Blow Your Horn
, among others.
Cast Member Lynn Kellogg Dies at 77
By Logan Culwell-Block | 11/16/2020
Kellogg sang "Easy to Be Hard" and "I Believe in Love" as Broadway's original Sheila.
Israel Horovitz, Playwright and Gloucester Stage Co-Founder at Center of Several Sexual Assault Allegations, Dies at 81
By Ryan McPhee | 11/12/2020
Mr. Horovitz resigned from Gloucester Stage Company in 2017 after nine women came forward.
Broadway Alum Lawrence Clayton Dies at 64
By Dan Meyer | 11/11/2020
The performer appeared in
, the revivals of
Bells Are Ringing
The Color Purple
, and more.
Broadway and West End Alum Carol Arthur Dies at 85
By Dan Meyer | 11/04/2020
The performer appeared in productions of
On The Town
The Music Man
, and more.
Tony-Winning Theatre Designer Ming Cho Lee Dies at 90
By Andrew Gans | 10/26/2020
Mr. Lee received a 1983 Tony for Best Scenic Design for
and a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.
Howell Binkley: A Celebration of Light and Love,
Virtual Tribute to the Late Lighting Designer, Streams October 25
By Andrew Gans | 10/25/2020
Mr. Binkley designed the lighting for 52 Broadway shows, receiving two Tony Awards.
Broadway Performer and Emmy-Winning Choreographer Marge Champion Dies at 101
By Dan Meyer | 10/22/2020
The star appeared in
and served as an associate choreographer on several productions.
The Theatre Community Remembers the Life and Work of Doreen Montalvo
By Kerri Kearse | 10/19/2020
Stage and screen artists took to social media to share their favorite memories of the performer, who passed away October 17 at the age of 56.
Stage and Screen Star Anthony Chisholm Dies at 77
By Dan Meyer | 10/19/2020
The performer starred in four August Wilson productions on Broadway, earning a Tony nomination for his work in
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