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Playwright Terrence McNally, who wrote the musical Ragtime, has died from coronavirus.

Emily Temple

March 24, 2020, 3:11pm

Playwright Terrence McNally, four-time Tony Award winner, Emmy winner, and recipient of the 2019 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, died today at the age of 81 “from complications related to the coronavirus,” according to his publicist.

McNally was a fixture of Broadway for six decades; he wrote many plays and musicals including Ragtime, Love! Valour! Compassion! Master Class, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

He is also the author of Selected Works: A Memoir in Plays. You can read a wonderful interview with him here.

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