- Title: Tony winning playwright Terrence McNally dies from coronavirus complications
- Date: 24th March 2020
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - MAY 1, 2019) (REUTERS) TERRENCE MCNALLY SPEAKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER, PLAYWRIGHT TERRENCE MCNALLY: "Well it means I've - I chose the right career for me. Other people seem to agree. It means that people have noticed what I'm trying to say in my place and it's lovely. You feel supported, appreciated that maybe you matter a little bit and you're not just working to sell tickets."
- Keywords: broadway coronavirus death new york playwright terrence mcnally tony awards
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- Location: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
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- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Theater
- Story Text: Tony award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, known for plays like "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and for musical version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," died on Tuesday (March 24) of complications related to the coronavirus, his representative said.
Matt Polk said McNally, 81, passed away in a hospital in Florida. The Broadway theatre veteran was a lung cancer survivor who lived with a chronic respiratory condition.
McNally's career spanned six decades, encompassing plays, musicals and operas. It ranged from AIDS dramas "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," to domestic drama "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune," and the stage musical adaptation of movie "The Full Monty."
He was given a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards ceremony in New York, adding to the four he received for "Love! Valour! Compassion," "Master Class" and the books of the musical versions of "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
McNally is survived by his husband, producer Tom Kirdahy.
Tributes poured in from the theatre world on Tuesday.
"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Twitter he was heartbroken, calling McNally "a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly."
Former "Rent" star Anthony Rapp called him "a vital voice in American theatre, especially effective at lifting up and amplifying the American LGBTQ experience."
Peter Marks, theatre critic at the Washington Post, tweeted; "This virus is taking great people away. Terrence McNally was a master with class."
Broadway theatres have been shut since March 12 because of restrictions aimed at preventing the spread or coronavirus.
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