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Jan Maxwell Memorial Service to Be Held June 4

The celebrated stage actor died in February at the age of 61.

A memorial service for celebrated stage actor Jan Maxwell will be held on June 4 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
(© Tristan Fuge)

A memorial service for beloved five-time Tony Award-nominated actor Jan Maxwell has been scheduled for Monday, June 4, 3pm-5pm, at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Maxwell died on February 11 at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer.

The service will be free and open to the public. Actors, directors, producers, family, and friends will pay tribute to Maxwell's work and legacy. Guests will include Lynne Meadow, Ana Gasteyer, Allan Duncan and Marilynn Scott Murphy, Martin Rabbett, Richard Romagnoli, Marc Kudisch, Jayne Houdyshell and Mary Beth Peil, Tony Shalhoub, Richard Chamberlain, Jackie Sanders, Anthony Giardina, Doug Hughes, Robert Emmet Lunney, William Maxwell-Lunney, and musicians Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Cecelia Hobbs Gardner, and Bill Hayes.

Maxwell received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005), Coram Boy (2007), Lend Me a Tenor (2010), The Royal Family (2010), and Follies (2012). During her career she was nominated in all of the Tony Award female acting categories and was one of only four women to be nominated in two categories in the same season. She made her Broadway debut in the musical comedy City of Angels (1990) and also appeared in Dancing at Lughnasa (1992), A Doll's House (1997), The Sound of Music (1998), The Dinner Party (2000), Sixteen Wounded (2004), and To Be or Not to Be (2008).

Anyone wishing to make charitable donations in Maxwell's honor are encouraged to participate in Circles of Six, an online micro-giving community set up by Maxwell to encourage support of six specific charities: the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Planned Parenthood, the Trevor Project, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF). More information can be found here.