LOS ANGELES - Tony award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, known for plays like “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and for musical version of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” died on Tuesday of complications related to the coronavirus, his representative said.
Matt Polk said McNally, 81, died in a hospital in Florida. The Broadway theater veteran was a lung cancer survivor and had lived with a chronic respiratory condition.
McNally’s career spanned six decades, encompassing plays, musicals and operas. It ranged from AIDS dramas “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” to domestic drama “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” and the stage musical adaptation of movie “The Full Monty.”
He was given a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards ceremony in New York, adding to the four he received for “Love! Valour! Compassion,” “Master Class” and the books of the musical versions of “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
Tributes poured in from the theater world on Tuesday.
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Twitter he was heartbroken, calling McNally “a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly.”
Former “Rent” star Anthony Rapp called him “a vital voice in American theater.”