It is with heavy hearts to announce that famed choreographer Gillian Lynne has passed away. She was 92.
According to T&D, she died in London Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. Her husband Peter Land voiced his lament on Twitter following her death.
He said that she “leaves behind a huge legacy and is adored by many,” and was saddened to experience the loss of the woman whom he had been friends with and married to for 40 years.
Lynne’s resume was impressive. One of her most amazing accomplishments was serving as the choreographer for the incredibly phenomenal Broadway plays “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
In a show of respect, Lloyd Webber renamed his New London Theatre as The Gillian Lynne Theatre. It is the first theatre in the London theater district that is named after a woman.
Lloyd Webber paid tribute to her on Twitter, writing, “Farewell dearest Gillie, three generations of the British musical owe so much to you.”
According to BBC, Lynne worked on more than 60 shows in the West End and Broadway. She was born in Bromley, southeast London, starting her career at the age of 16. She performed in classical roles with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet before moving on to stage musicals and television in the 1950s.
In 1981, Lynne went to work for the musical “Cats.” That production ran for almost 9,000 performances in London. Five years later, she choreographed “Phantom,” which is considered by many as her greatest achievement as a choreographer.
She won two Olivier Awards during her career, as well as a Golden Rose of Montreux Award for her work on TV’s Muppet Show. She was honored with a damehood in 2014.
Please pray for her family during this difficult time. For more uplifting news, read about a Disney star who revealed her newborn baby girl’s unique name.