NEW YORK (AP) — Arthur Kopit, a 3 time Tony Award-nominated playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist recognized for fusing disparate genres, absurdism and a darkly comedian world view, has died. He was 83.
Kopit died Friday, mentioned Rick Miramontez, a senior publicist at DKC/O&M PR. No different particulars had been obtainable.
Kopit earned a Tony nod in 1970 for “Indians,” a critique of the Vietnam Battle and America’s therapy of Native People that starred Stacy Keach as Buffalo Invoice. 9 years later, he obtained one other nomination for “Wings,” the story of a stroke sufferer’s restoration starring Constance Cummings. Each “Indians” and “Wings” had been Pulitzer finalists for drama.
Kopit earned his third Tony nomination in 1982 for “9,” an adaptation of the Federico Fellini’s movie “8 1/2.″ “9” returned to Broadway in 2003 and received two Tony Awards, together with greatest revival. In 2009, Rob Marshall directed the movie primarily based on Kopit’s script.
Kopit’s different works embrace “Phantom,” a musical model of “The Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux that has been overshadowed by the extra widespread model by Andrew Lloyd Weber, and “The Finish of the World,” a mordant investigation of the arms race and nuclear destruction.
He made his Broadway debut in 1963 with “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You within the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Unhappy,” which Jerome Robbins directed on Broadway whereas Kopit was nonetheless an undergraduate at Harvard.