Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Playwright Terrence McNally Dies From COVID-19 Coronavirus

Playwright Terrence McNally Dies From COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Terrence McNally, the four-time Tony-winning playwright and screenwriter best known for such works as "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Love! Valour! Compassion!" for the big screen. He won his fourth Tony for his book to the musical "Ragtime".

A journalism student at Columbia University, McNally wrote for his college's famed Varsity Show. Valour! Compassion! (1995), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993), The Rink (1984) and And Things That Go Bump in the Night (1965).

SUBSCRIBE NOW: Get our Entertainment stories and news in your email! After graduation, he moved to Mexico to focus on his writing. "Jeff Kaufman, who had directed the episode, had called the playwright ". one of the world's most courageous human rights activists and political prisoners". "But also someone who worked so hard for a better New York City and a better America for everyone".

In 1994, McNally's Love!

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"We lost a great artist today", Alexander posted on social media.

Along with the rest of the theatre community, BroadwayWorld is bereft at the passing of legendary Broadway playwright Terrence McNally.

In 1996, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and in 2018, McNally was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teamed up with lyricist/composer David Yazbek in 2000 to write the musical The Full Monty.

Last year, he earned the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre just as a Broadway revival of his 1982 drama "Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune" opened in an acclaimed production starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. He is survived by his husband, Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy.

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