Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81 from coronavirus complications

Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence Mc Nally dies at 81 from coronavirus in Sarasota

A portrait of playwright Terrence McNally, taken in his home in New York City on March 2.

Playwright Terrence McNally has died of complications due to coronavirus. Throughout the 60s, McNally wrote a number of plays, including "Noon", Next directed by Elaine May and "And Things That Go Bump in the Night", which drew criticism at the time for its gay content.

He died in hospital in Sarasota, Florida, on Tuesday, his representative told U.S. media. Valour! Compassion! and so many others. He also earned Tonys for the books for the musicals "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1993) and "Ragtime" (1998).

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Twitter he was heartbroken, calling McNally "a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly".

Born in St Petersburg, Florida, McNally grew up in Texas before attending Columbia University in NY.

He was given a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards ceremony in NY, adding to the four he received for "Love!"

In a 2019 interview, he told Playbill he was "tone-deaf", but that he also considered himself to be a musical person.

Terrence McNally, the Tony-winning playwright whose works include "Master Class" and "Love!" He also wrote the librettos for two operas by composer Jake Heggie: Great Scott and Dead Man Walking.

The writer of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Frankie" and "Johnny" was a survivor of lung cancer who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Only God knows how much I will miss him.??? "And he does that in order to turn Fred and me on to musicalizing it".

Speaking to Vogue magazine in 1995, McNally said he would "win, hands down, the contest for worst first-place reviews - or any-play reviews".

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