Terrence McNally, the playwright whose best works included “Master Class” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” has passed away from complications related to the coronavirus. He was 81, and a lung cancer survivor.
The Variety obit notes that "McNally’s resume was notable for its range, barrier-breaking depictions of gay life, and interest in subjects such as middle-aged romance and opera considered taboo by the commercial theater. His career moved from farces like 'The Ritz' to thought-provoking, award-winning dramas such as 'Love! Valor! Compassion!' and 'Master Class'." He also wrote the musical books for 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' and 'Ragtime.'