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In Memoriam: Remembering the Theater Icons We Lost in 2021

Broadway said farewell to a great many legends this year.

As the year comes to an end, we lovingly look back on those in the theater community we've lost this year. May their memories be a blessing. They will be missed.


Ed Asner, actor

Ed Asner
(© David Gordon)

Bob Avian, choreographer

Bob Avian
(© David Gordon)

Lisa Banes, actor

Lisa Banes
(© Joseph Marzullo)

Lee Breuer, director

Lee Breuer
(image via Mabou Mines)

Leslie Bricusse, songwriter

Leslie Bricusse
(© David Gordon)

Olympia Dukakis, actor

Olympia Dukakis
(© David Gordon)

Harvey Evans, actor

Harvey Evans
(© David Gordon)

George Ferencz, director

George Ferencz
(© Sally Lesser)

Craig 'muMs' Grant, writer/performer

Craig 'muMs' Grant
(© David Gordon)

Micki Grant, writer

Micki Grant
(© David Gordon)

Charles Grodin, actor

Charles Grodin
(© David Gordon)

Cynthia Harris, actor

Cynthia Harris
(© Joseph Marzullo)

Martha Henry, actor

Martha Henry in the Stratford Festival's 2021 production of Three Tall Women
(© V. Tony Hauser)

Hal Holbrook, actor

Hal Holbrook
(© David Gordon)

Paul Huntley, wig designer

Paul Huntley
(© David Gordon)

Alvin Ing, actor

Alvin Ing in a promotional image and as Shogun's Mother in Pacific Overtures
(image via @thealvining/Martha Swope/New York Public Library )

Arthur Kopit, playwright

Arthur Kopit
(© Tristan Fuge)

Cloris Leachman, actor

Cloris Leachman
(image via Wikimedia Commons)

Elizabeth McCann, producer

Elizabeth Ireland McCann
(© David Gordon)

G.W. Mercier, scenic designer

G.W. Mercier with two of his designs, Old Hats and Finding Nemo — The Musical
(© Joan Marcus/handout image/Disney)

Mark Plesent, director

Mark Plesent
(© Roger Belknap)

Christopher Plummer, actor

Christopher Plummer
(© David Gordon)

Andy Propst, theater critic

Andy Propst
(© Rex Lott)

Paul Ritter, actor

Paul Ritter as Reg in Table Manners from Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests
(© Joan Marcus)

Peter Scolari, actor

Peter Scolari
(© Tristan Fuge)

Sir Antony Sher, actor

Antony Sher as Richard III at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984
(© Reg Wilson/Royal Shakespeare Company)

Jospeh Siravo, actor

Joseph Siravo
(© Tricia Baron)

Philip J. Smith, Chairman Emeritus of the Shubert Organization

Philip J. Smith
(© Jeremy Daniel)

Stephen Sondheim, composer-lyricist

Stephen Sondheim
(© David Gordon)

Cicely Tyson, actor

Cicely Tyson in her Tony-winning role as Carrie Watts in the 2013 revival of The Trip to Bountiful.
(© David Gordon)

Jessica Walter, actor

Jessica Walter
(© David Gordon)

Douglas Turner Ward, playwright and director

Douglas Turner Ward
(© David Gordon)

Samuel E. Wright, actor

Samuel E. Wright as Mufasa
(© Per Breiehagen)

Unga, the Bonobo chimp whose story is featured in Come From Away

Unga
(© Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)
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