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:
Mark Bramble – So very sad.I had the pleasure to work with him closely in rehearsals of @42ndStreetLDN & his passion for the show & the love of telling the truth was inspiring. Still can't believe it-his work & creativity will live on in our memories & forever on screen.
— Matthew Goodgame (@matthewgoodgame) February 22, 2019
RIP #MarkBramble You brightened every morning at breakfast in Chichester whilst working on Barnum with your stories. You were hugely supportive in testing times. How your words of wisdom kept me going , you will be missed. X pic.twitter.com/LpvJt4CfpD
— Andrew Wright (@AndrewWright5) February 21, 2019
Devastated to hear that my mentor and great friend Mark Bramble has died. I have SO much to thank you for buddy. You leave us with 42nd Street & Barnum as your legacy for new audiences to enjoy for always. Rest easy dear friend. #MarkBramble #RIP pic.twitter.com/W8XOlkQJFU
— Adam Price (@PriceyAdam) February 22, 2019