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Broadway dims its lights in memory of Mike Nichols

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Mike Nichols, Tony Award-winning director, producer, writer and performer, who died Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at the age of 83. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, 21 November 2014, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, released the following statement:

"Legendary director Mike Nichols shared his distinct genius for storytelling through the worlds of stage and film. Throughout his celebrated career in many mediums that spanned decades, he was always in awe of the thrill and the miracle that is theatre. In addition to his numerous honors, including nine Tony Awards, he won over audiences with his passion for art. His notable presence in our industry will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans."
Mr. Nichols belonged to a special and small category of EGOT winners (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award). His six Tonys for Best Direction of a Play rank him the highest in this category in Broadway history. He earned them for his work in 'Barefoot in the Park' (1964), 'Luv and The Odd Couple' (1965), 'Plaza Suite' (1968), 'The Prisoner of Second Avenue' (1972), 'The Real Thing' (1984) and, most recently, 'Death of a Salesman' (2012). He also won Tony Awards for Best Director of a Musical for Monty Python's 'Spamalot' (2005), and as a Producer, for Annie (1977) and The Real Thing (1984) under the production company he founded, Icarus Productions. In total, he won nine Tony Awards and received an additional eight nominations.

He was born in East Berlin in 1931 and is survived by his wife, Diane Sawyer; his three children Daisy, Max and Jenny; and four grandchildren.

- by Tom Millward

Mike Nichols 1931-2014

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