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Pioneering Theatre Critic Andy Propst, 56

Propst is best known as the founder of, an early online home for America's not-for-profit theaters, and the first serious attempt to provide a comprehensive listing of theaters and theatrical events on the Internet. - TheatreMania

The Sad, Confused Final Days Of Robert Indiana

Whether Indiana was the subject of fraud and abuse—and how much he knew about it all, if that was the case—is something we’ll likely never fully understand. - ARTnews

Elizabeth McCann, 90 – Broadway Producer Extraordinaire

In a dizzying four-decade career she won nine Tony Awards and gave New York audiences more than 60 Broadway productions, including such hits as “Equus,” “Amadeus” and “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” - The New York Times

Cellist Sebastian Hess Dead At 50 Of Brain Aneurysm

A student of William Pleeth and Mstislav Rostropovich, he made his solo debut at 18 with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic and developed an extensive international career and a wide-ranging discography. - The Strad

Phil Schaap, 70, Who Knew About Jazz History Than Anybody

From his teens, he astonished the great musicians he met with his recall of details, and for five decades he shared that knowledge as a historian, educator, concert promoter, Grammy-winning record producer, and legendary radio host at New York's WKCR. - The Washington Post

Alberto Vilar, High-Profile Arts Donor Turned Famous Fraudster, Dead At 80

He proudly (extremely proudly) donated millions to the Met, Covent Garden, Kennedy Center, and others, his name prominently displayed — until the tech stocks he invested in crashed, he reneged on widely publicized pledges, he was caught defrauding clients, and spent years in prison. - The New York Times

Swiss Bank Suspends Ai Wei Wei Account

"The bank informed me that it was terminating my account in Switzerland. They did this, they wrote, in accordance with a new policy of closing all accounts with people who have had criminal records. - BBC

Richard Wagner’s Great-Granddaughter, Eva Wagner-Pasquier, In Coma Following Near-Drowning

The 76-year-old former administrator, who worked at (among others) Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and the Met and was co-director at Bayreuth 2008-2015, was pulled "lifeless" from the Isar River near her home in Munich on Sunday. (in French) - Forumopera

Queen Of Denmark Hired As Designer On New Netflix Movie

Margrethe, who ascended to the Danish throne in 1972 and is commander-in-chief of the country’s defense forces, has also had a long career as an artist, including drawing the illustrations for Danish editions of Lord of the Rings. - The Guardian

Conductor Michel Corboz Dead At 87

Over 50 years as the director of the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne (which he founded) and the Gulbenkian Choir in Lisbon, he built up an impressive body of concerts and recordings of vocal classics, from Monteverdi through Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Verdi, and Fauré, to Frank Martin. - SWI swissinfo

Michael K. Williams, Known For Playing Omar In ‘The Wire’, Dead At 54

"(He) was celebrated for delivering nuanced performances as swaggering street toughs, charming family men and smooth-talking gangsters," most famously as Omar Little, the stickup man with an ethical code, in The Wire, the HBO series about crime and corruption in Baltimore. - The Washington Post

Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, Star Of French New Wave, Dead At 88

"Belmondo, who embodied … a new type of male star characterized by pure virility rather than classic good looks," had his breakout role in Godard's Breathless and "went on to appear in more than 80 films with a variety of … directors, from Truffaut to Claude Lelouch." - AP

Ernst Van De Wetering, Foremost Expert On Rembrandt, 83

A Sotheby's consultant says, "No one else alive knows as much as he did about Rembrandt; nobody else comes even close." - The New York Times

Delores Custer, 79, Who Gave Food A Style

Custer, a food stylist for companies like Kraft, General Mills, and Bacardi, was "able to shape the unwieldy, the drab and the formless into a crisp and dazzling best seller." She even wrote the book on food styling - and her tool kit was famed, and feared, far and wide. - The New York Times

Michelle Yeoh Wanted To Be A Dancer, Until She Got Injured

Then the actor - a mega-star in the world market - decided to take up martial arts. "I just needed to learn to transfer the energy, because a lot of times in dance it’s very inward and contained. Action is more about how you deliver that energy, pushing it forward."- The Guardian (UK)

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