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In Memoriam: Playwright Terrence McNally, 81, Dies of Coronavirus-Related Complications

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • March 24, 2020

It is with deep sadness we report that Terrence McNally, the four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, has died from complications due to coronavirus on Tuesday, March 23, 2020 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, according to representative Matt Polk. McNally, aged 81, was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease. He is survived by his husband, theater producer Tom Kirdahy. Playwright and screenwriter, McNally’s credits include the musicals Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Full Monty, and the plays Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class and Mothers and Sons. As well as the books for the musical adaptations for Broadway of Catch Me If You Can and Anastasia. 

Born in St. Petersburg, FL on Nov 03, 1938. He came to NYC in the mid 1950’s and his first Broadway credit was the adaptation for The Lady of the Camellias in 1963. With 24 Broadway credits later, his final credit was the recent 2019 revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

McNally received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Creative Arts Awards portion of the 2019 Tony Awards ceremony. Here is his powerful and inspirational acceptance speech:

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