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Actress Mercer Dies

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Actress Mercer Dies
Tony-winning actress Marian Mercer has passed away at the age of 75.

The star died on 27 April from complications of Alzheimer's disease in Newbury Park, California.

Her career spanned five decades with roles on TV and the stage, and her stint in the 1969 Broadway hit Promises, Promises earned her a Tony statuette and a Drama Desk Award.

Mercer made her Broadway debut in 1969 in Greenwillow, before winning the title role in an off-Broadway production of the musical parody Little Mary Sunshine the following year.

She won plenty of praise from critics for her part in the 1978 revival of Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, in which she played Sammy Davis Jr.'s girlfriend.

Her manager and agent Martin Gage has paid tribute to the late star, remembering her spirit and comedic flair

Gage says, "She was lovely, crazy but lovely. She could take a part that had been done before and make it a laugh riot."

Mercer is survived by her husband Patrick Hogan and a daughter, Deirdre Whitaker.

Katie Finneran, Levi Kreis win featured musical performer prizes at Tony Awards

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Katie Finneran, Levi Kreis win featured musical performer prizes at Tony Awards
Katie Finneran won the featured actress Tony for her show-stealing performance in "Promises, Promises." She plays a barfly on the prowl who sets her sights on Chuck (Sean Hayes). Marian Mercer took home the featured actress award for creating this role in 1969. In 2002, Finneran did the seemingly impossible and upstaged theatrical royalty Patti LuPone in the farce "Noises Off," winning the featured actress in a play Tony Award. Levi Kreis plays Jerry Lee Lewis in the tuner "Million Dollar Quartet." Before coming to Broadway, he played this part in Chicago. Before his turn on the stage, Kreis carved out a successful recording career. In the jukebox tuner, Kreis portrays the great ball of...
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