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Marcia Lewis, Tony Nominee for 'Grease' and 'Chicago,' Dies at 72

21 December 2010 11:05 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Marcia Lewis, a Tony Award nominee for her performances in the Broadway revivals of "Grease" and "Chicago," died in the early hours of Dec. 21. She was 72. Though the cause of death has not been revealed, she was suffering from lung and brain cancer.Lewis won acclaim for her salty and sly interpretations of the nasty high school teacher Miss Lynch in the 1994 revival of "Grease" and the manipulative prison matron Mama Morton in the 1996 revival of "Chicago." She also toured in the latter production, in which she routinely stopped the show with her brassy delivery of "When You're Good to Mama" and "Class," the latter a duet between her character and Velma Kelly, the foul-mouthed murderess first played in the revival by Bebe Neuwirth.Her additional Broadway credits include "Hello, Dolly!," playing opposite both Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman; "Annie" "Rags," for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination »

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