Legendary gay playwright dies from coronavirus complications at the age of 81

Legendary gay playwright dies from coronavirus complications at the age of 81
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Posted on 25 Mar 2020

A gay four-time Tony Award-winning playwright has died from coronavirus complications at the age of 81.


Terrence McNally wrote about gay life & love, homophobia and HIV in a number of critically acclaimed plays. He also wrote the book to Kander & Ebb’s 1992 musical adaptation of Manuel Puig’s 1976 novel, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman.

McNally, who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s Tonys and had been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1996, had successfully battled against lung cancer and was living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.


He leaves behind his husband, Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy. Kirdahy shared a picture on Instagram of himself with McNally just hours after the playwright’s death. He accompanied the photo with the words, “Love won”.

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