Category Archives: Obituaries

RIP Jerry Lieber

Songwriter Jerry Leiber has passed away today at the age of 78. Besides being a hugely successful and influential figure in popular music, Lieber (with his long-time collaborator, Mike Stoller) wrote the many rock ‘n’ roll standards that made up … Continue reading

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RIP Tom Aldredge

American television, film and stage actor Tom Aldredge has passed away from lymphoma at the age of 83. A wildly prolific actor, he will always be remembered by musical theatre fans for originating the roles of the Narrator and Mysterious … Continue reading

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RIP Arthur Laurents

Playwright, director and screenwriter Arthur Laurents passed away today. Musical theatre fans will  remember him for writing the books of West Side Story, Gypsy, Hallelujah Baby! and La Cage aux Folles and for directing, in particular, the most recent revivals … Continue reading

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RIP Jerry Bock

Jerry Bock, the composer of the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and She Loves Me, passed away yesterday at the age of 81. Born in 1928, Bock wrote his first musical in high school (My Dream) and then collaborated … Continue reading

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RIP Kathryn Grayson

Kathryn Grayson was an American actress, best known for her work in film musicals during the 1950s and on stage, mainly in opera, in the 1960s, although she certainly had a career in film and on television on either side … Continue reading

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RIP James Mitchell

James Mitchell was an American actor and dancer, who will be remembered chiefly as Palmer Cortlandt on All My Children. However, he was also a prominent figure in musical theatre dance history, working with Agnes de Mille many times during … Continue reading

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RIP Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons was an English actress who worked in film, on stage and on television. She was awarded two Oscars in her lifetime, one as Best Supporting Actress for Hamlet (1948)and another as Best Actress for The Happy Ending (1969). … Continue reading

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RIP Clive Barnes

Clive Barnes was a British-born American dance, drama and opera critic, writing during his career for The New York Times, The New York Post, The Times and the Daily Express and for magazines like Dance and Spectator. He also wrote, … Continue reading

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