Playwright Terrence McNally Dead From Coronavirus Complications

Terrence McNally

"Valour! Compassion!", has died at 81 from complications of the COVID-19 coronavirus, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed Tuesday.

Beginning with his first Broadway play, 1965's "And Things That Go Bump in the Night", McNally charted a multifaceted career that touched on his diverse interests in opera, history and gay culture of the late 20th century. The pieces included a new play, "Golden Age", "Master Class", starring Tyne Daly, and "The Lisbon Traviata", starring John Glover and Malcolm Gets.

Terrence McNally, the four-time Tony-winning playwright and screenwriter best known for such works as "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Love!"

He is one of the most prolific playwrights, his career including multiple Tony Awards. The playwright won a Primetime Emmy in 1990 for Best Writing in a Miniseries or Special for Andre's Mother, which told the story of a mother who was trying to come to terms with her son's death from AIDS.

"Love! Valour! Compassion!" - which followed seven gay male friends summering in upstate NY in the midst of the AIDS epidemic - was also adapted into an acclaimed 1997 indie film starring Jason Alexander, Justin Kirk, John Glover, and John Benjamin Hickey.

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Very importantly, they will be making regular phone calls to check on and support people who are staying on their own at home. An incredible 405,000 people have signed up for the NHS volunteer responders scheme. "I owe you a debt of thanks", he added.

His passing was mourned on social media.

Lea Salonga posted, "Rest in peace, Terrence McNally".

McNally was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1996. He also wrote the books for such musicals as "The Visit" (1991) and "The Full Monty" (2000). He is survived by his husband, Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy.

He received a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards. Entertainment Hub sends honest Condolences to Kirdahy and McNally's family and friends at this hard time.

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