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Jerry Frankel, the Tony Award-winning Broadway producer of over 50 productions, died Saturday morning at the age of 88, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Frankel produced over 50 Broadway shows since 1997 and won nine Tony Awards for musicals, plays and revivals including All The Way (2014), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2012), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), La Cage aux Folles (2010), Hair (2009), August: Osage County (2007), Spring Awakening (2006), Glengarry Glen Ross (2005) and Death of a Salesman (1999).
His productions earned Tonys for a host of actors, among them Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Angela Lansbury, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Douglas Hodge, Tracy Letts, Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald and Christian Borle.
Jeffrey Richards, Frankel’s producing partner of nearly 20 years, said of his passing: “To put it simply, Jerry was a class act and all of you who encountered him during his years in our business had to appreciate his forthrightness, great sense of humor and passion for the theatre. He will be greatly missed.”
In addition to his career on Broadway, Frankel was a dress manufacturer, film producer, internet entrepreneur and thoroughbred owner and breeder.
Recent Broadway productions include Come From Away (2017), Fiddler on the Roof (2015), China Doll (2015), Sylvia (2015), Something Rotten! (2015), Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two (2015), The Heidi Chronicles (2015), You Can’t Take It With You (2014), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (2014), The Realistic Joneses (2014) and many more.
Frankel is survived by his partner Mary Casey and his children: Elizabeth Bailenson, her husband Robert and their children Gabrielle and Lily; Jessica Genick, her husband Lee and their children Jacob and Chloe; his son Gordon and Gordon’s children Ruby and Zoey; and his brother, Ronald Frankel.
Nov. 19, 1:32 p.m. Updated to include Frankel’s age.
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