Monday, June 24, 2024

Terrence McNally, Four Time Tony Winning Playwright, Author of “Master Class,” Has Died at Age 81 from Coronavirus


This is really tragic: Terrence McNally is dead at age 81.

Four time Tony winner, Pulitzer Prize nominee, recipient of a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tonys. Loved and respected by everyone in theater.

Terry’s Tony’s included “Master Class,” “Ragtime,” “Longtime Companion,” and “Kiss of the Spiderwoman.” But his total credits for great plays and musicals just goes on and on. They include the hilarious recent “It’s Only a Play,” as well “Anastasia,” “Frankie and Johnny,” and “Ragtime.”  He is simply irreplaceable and one of a kind.

McNally died in Sarasota of complications from COVD-19. He was a lung cancer survivor and suffered from COPD. He is survived by his husband Tom Kirdahy.


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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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