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TERRENCE MCNALLY,
1938-2020

Playwright Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winner known for landmark works depicting American gay life, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.

McNally, who died Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla. had chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and had overcome lung cancer.

A versatile and prolific writer, McNally won two of his Tonys for musicals—Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime—and two for plays, Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class.

McNally wrote 36 plays, the books for 10 musicals— The Full Monty and Catch Me if You Can among them—the librettos for four operas and a few screenplays in a career that started in 1963 with a small contribution to an adaptation of “The Lady of the Camellias.”

His Broadway debut came in 1965 with And Things That Go Bump in the Night, which depicted a romance between men, unheard of at the time on the Great White Way. His plays Mothers and Sons, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Ritz and Love! Valour! Compassion! were equally groundbreaking in their depictions of gay men and their relationships with families and each other.

He won an Emmy in 1990 for writing Andre’s Mother.

His Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune was revived last year on Broadway with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.

 

 

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