Terrence McNally Biography, Terrence McNally Wiki
Terrence McNally, the writer of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Frankie and Johnny has died at the age of 81. He was a lung cancer survivor with a chronic pulmonary disease, although he died from complications relating to COVID-19.
Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally has died in Florida of complications from coronavirus, according to his husband Tom Kirdahy.
The four-time Tony winner, 81, was known for his thoughtful chronicles of gay life, homophobia, love and AIDS.
McNally was a lung cancer survivor and had lived with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
One of America’s great playwrights, he wrote more than three dozen plays in his nearly 60-year career.
Beginning on Broadway in 1963, McNally still had his name up in lights until last year’s revival of his play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald.
“I like to work with people who are a lot more talented and smarter than me, who make fewer mistakes than I do, and who can call me out when I do something lazy,” he told the LA Stage Times in 2013.
“A lot of people stop learning in life, and that’s their tragedy.”
Terrence McNally Age
The American playwright and screenwriter were born on November 3, 1938, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Hubert and Dorothy Rapp McNally. At the time of his death, he was 81-years-old.
Terrence McNally Siblings
McNally had one sibling, Peter McNally. Peter is married to his wife Vicky McNally, their son Stephen McNally and his wife Carmen McNally and their daughter Kylie McNally.
Peter McNally was proud of his brother’s achievements. In a 2019 interview with a local newspaper, Peter shared his thoughts about Terrence receiving the honorary award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the 2019 Tony Awards.
He said, “I’m very excited for him, it’s a huge honor. He’s already received four Tony’s and this is his fifth, honorary one. It’s kind of like being in the hall of fame.”
Terrence McNally Education
McNally attended W.B. Ray High School and later joined Columbia University in 1956.
Terrence McNally Career
McNally’s career began in 1961 when John Steinbeck asked him to work together on several projects, including a musical version of East of Eden. He wrote several plays, including; Noon, Next directed by Elaine May and And Things That Go Bump in the Night, which drew criticism at the time for its gay content.
One of his most notable successes came in 1987 with the off-Broadway production of Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune which originally starred Kathy Bates and F Murray Abraham. It was later made into a film starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer and made it to Broadway in 2002 picking up a Tony nomination for best revival the following year.
Terrence McNally Awards
Mr. McNally won two Tony Awards for penning books for musicals—Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993 and Ragtime in 1998—but his love for the musical form shined on the dramatic stage as well. His other two Tonys are for Love! Valour! Compassion!—a character study of eight gay friends, including a Broadway choreographer and a musical-loving costume designer—and Master Class, a fictional depiction of soprano Maria Callas and her students.
Terrence McNally Husband(Tom Kirdahy)
McNally is married to Tom Kirdahy–he is a Broadway producer and a former civil rights attorney. He specializes in representing people with HIV or AIDS.
McNally and his partner Kirdahy affirmed their partnership in Vermont on December 20, 2003. They officially married in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2010.
They renewed their vows on June 26, 2015, at New York City Hall with the mayor officiating, Bill de Blasio. This was for a celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all states.
But before getting married the love of his life, Kirdahy, he was first married to playwright Edward Albee, who was a decade older than him. Albee was one of the most well-known and influential playwrights in the U.S. at the time.
Terrence McNally Death and Cause
McNally died on March 24, 2020, at the age of 81. According to Deadline, the playwright was a lung cancer survivor with chronic pulmonary disease, and he died from complications relating to COVID-19.
Mr. McNally is survived by his husband Tom Kirdahy (a Broadway producer who frequently produced his works); his brother Peter McNally and his wife Vicky McNally, their son Stephen McNally and his wife Carmen McNally, and their daughter Kylie McNally, as well as his mother-in-law Joan Kirdahy and siblings-in-law Carol Kirdahy, Kevin Kirdahy and his wife Patricia, James Kirdahy and his wife Nora, Kathleen Kirdahy Kay, and Neil Kirdahy and his wife Sue.
The family asks that donations in his memory be made to the Dramatist Guild Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Mr. McNally was on the Board of Trustees for the latter, championing the organization since its formation. “Terrence gave voice to both the voiceless and those who can stand tall, not only through his art but also his actions,” shared Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola. “He was a steadfast champion for civil and LGBTQ rights onstage and off. He gave us unforgettable characters who told delicate, brilliant, courageous and unforgettable stories that reflected the lives and dreams, joys and heartbreak of us all.”
Terrence McNally Tributes
Tributes have arrived on Twitter from stage luminaries including Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Heartbroken over the loss of Terrence McNally, a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly,” he tweeted. “Grateful for his staggering body of work and his unfailing kindness.”
Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander tweeted: “I worked for and with Terrence McNally twice in my life and they were two of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. His work was vital, intense, hysterical and rare. I hope that he will inspire writers for years to come.”