Terrence McNally dies from complications of Covid-19

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Michael Mayer pay tribute

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Terrence McNally died today from complications of coronavirus with New York City in lockdown
Terrence McNally died today from complications of coronavirus with New York City in lockdown Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally Photo: Al Pereira

At his press conference this afternoon New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio paid tribute to Terrence McNally, the four-time Tony Award winning playwright (Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class on Maria Callas, Ragtime), who died today at the age of 81 from coronavirus complications. The Mayor noted that at NYU he was a roommate of Tom Kirdahy, Terrence McNally’s husband, and that he renewed their vows at City Hall (June 26, 2015).

Terrence McNally’s screenwriting credits include Garry Marshall’s Frankie And Johnny, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Lester’s The Ritz and Joe Mantello’s Love! Valour! Compassion!.

Jeff Kaufman’s Terrence McNally: Every Act Of Life (with interviews of Christine Baranski, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, John Kander, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Doris Roberts, John Slattery and Patrick Wilson, and the voices of Bryan Cranston and Meryl Streep), premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

"Terrence was not only a playwright of great distinction, but he was a true lover of the theatre and opera and music," said Michael Mayer. "I love that he was as successful in plays as he was in musicals. He was a lovely, lovely man. A gentleman in an often ungentle world. He will be sorely missed."

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