Terrence McNally


Terrence McNally died. His long, varied and prolific career as a playwright, musical librettist and screenwriter earned him four Tony Awards and an Emmy. He died today, March 24 from coronavirus complications at the age of 81. His plays included Master Class, Love! Valor! Compassion!, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”and writing the book for musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime.

He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001 and twice underwent surgery.

He is survived by his husband producer Tom Kirdahy and other family members.


Terrence McNally and Chita Rivera (photo: Merle Frimark)


Chita Rivera issued the following statement: “A huge part of me is gone. But then it’s not. Terrence wouldn’t like that. He helped to make me who I am as a person. He is the epitome of love and friendship. Only God knows how much I will miss him.”  Chita Rivera, March 24, 2020

Their shows together included The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Dancer’s Life, The Visit