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Mark Bramble, writer for 42nd Street and Barnum, dies aged 68

The book writer and director was responsible for some of the biggest Broadway hits in the last 50 years

Mark Bramble
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American theatre director, author, and producer Mark Bramble has died aged 68.

A three-time Tony Award nominee, Bramble started working as an apprentice to David Merrick in the 1960s. Merrick produced the original 42nd Street show in 1980, with Bramble co-writing the book with Michael Stewart. He went on to both direct and help revise the book for the musical's 2001 revival, which recently ran in the West End at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The revival won three WhatsOnStage Awards including Best Musical Revival, and was nominated for three Olivier Awards.

Bramble's other career credits include the book for Barnum, also written in 1980, and the libretto and direction for the hit musical Fat Pig, co-composed with Henry Krieger in 1987.

According to reports Bramble died following complications related to cardiovascular hypertension. His death was confirmed by his long term business partner and friend Richard Koenigsberg.

You can watch our interview with Bramble ahead of the West End opening of 42nd Street below:

Producers and actors paid tribute to Bramble on social media: