Tony Award-winning director Albert Marre has died at the age of 87.
He passed away after a long illness in New York City on 4 September (12), according to the New York Times.
Marre graduated from Ohio's prestigious Oberlin College and subsequently served in the Navy during World War II. He later attended Harvard Law School, but dropped out to form a repertory theatre company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The star made his acting and directorial debut on Broadway in the 1950 revival of John Vanbrugh's comedy The Relapse, later staging more than a dozen plays.
He is perhaps best known for his production of Man of La Mancha, which earned him a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical in 1966. He also oversaw Time Remembered, which starred acting legend Richard Burton.
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