Tony-Nominated Director Nicholas Martin Dies at 75

Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin
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NEW YORK (AP) – The actor-turned-director who ran two Massachusetts theater companies and earned a Tony Award nomination for directing Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on Broadway last year has died. Nicholas Martin was 75.

Officials from the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston say Martin died Wednesday at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. They say he had been battling throat cancer.

Martin was artistic director of Huntington Theatre Company from 2000 to 2008. There, he nurtured such Broadway-bound shows as Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius and Patrick Barlow's The 39 Steps. He also was artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2008 to 2010.

His Broadway directing credits include Present Laughter in 2010 with Victor Garber, Butley with Nathan Lane in 2006, Match with Frank Langella in 2004, and Hedda Gabler with Kate Burton in 2001.

Martin's hit production of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the 2013 Tony Award for best play. It starred Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen and Billy Magnussen.

Broadway theater marquee lights will be dimmed in Martin's honor tonight at 7:45 p.m. ET.

David Rooney contributed to this report.

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