American playwright, Terrance McNally has died in Florida of complications from coronavirus.
According to BBC, The Tony winner, Terrance, was known for his thoughtful chronicles of gay life, homophobia, love and AIDS.
McNally, a lung cancer survivor and had lived with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
One of the award-winning 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.”
McNally’s long career began in 1961 when John Steinbeck asked him to work together on a number of projects, including a musical version of “East of Eden”.
Throughout the 60s, McNally wrote a number of 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.
Terrance McNally’s 1992 musical “Kiss of the Spider Woman” won him his first of four Tony awards.
His other major works included “Love! Valour! Compassion!”, “Master Class” and “Ragtime”. He was awarded the Tony for lifetime achievement in 2019.
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.”