Tom Kirdahy Wiki – Biography
Thomas Kirdahy is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning theatre producer on Broadway and in the West End as well as a lawyer.
After almost 20 years of providing free legal services to people with HIV/AIDS, he transitioned into theatrical producing with productions including Anastasia, Head Over Heels, Mothers and Sons, It’s Only a Play, and The Visit (Tony nomination) on Broadway, and The Inheritance , The Jungle, Master Class, and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? in the West End.
He recently produced the musical, Hadestown, which opened on Broadway in 2019 and subsequently won 8 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. He is the producer of the Olivier Award-winning play, The Inheritance, on Broadway and a new off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, both set to open in the fall of 2019. He also recently produced the Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.
Tom Kirdahy Age
Thomas Kirdahy is 57 years old. He was born on 1963 in Hauppauge, New York, United States.
Tom Kirdahy Wife
Kirdahy was married to Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winner, following a civil ceremony in Vermont on December 20, 2003. They subsequently married in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2010. In celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, they renewed their vows at New York City Hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Kirdahy’s college roommate, officiating on June 26, 2015.
Terrence McNally Death
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who officiated at a 2015 marriage reaffirmation ceremony between his longtime friend and college roommate Tom Kirdahy and playwright Terrence McNally, said at a City Hall briefing on the coronavirus today that the writer’s COVID-19 death proves “this crisis is not just numbers.”
The mayor, pausing occasionally to sigh as he recalled his friendship with the playwright, had just updated the official numbers on New York City’s coronavirus death count — 131 — when he spoke of McNally, who died today in Florida of complications from COVID-19.
McNally, whose works included Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion! and Ragtime, among many others, married Kirdahy in a civil union ceremony in Vermont on December 20, 2003, then married in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2010. They reaffirmed their vows in New York City in July of 2015 to mark the passage of marriage equality in New York.
Tribute To Terrence McNally
“We’ve lost a great New Yorker,” de Blasio said, “one of the most really renowned members of our cultural community, the great playwright Terrence McNally, someone who epitomizes so much about this city. He came here from Texas as a young man, brought all of his talents, wrote some of the greatest plays of recent member, but also was someone who worked so hard for a better New York City and a better America for everyone.
“I had the honor of knowing Terrence because he ended up marrying one of my college roommates, Tom Kirdahy. I went to NYU, and my roommate and I stayed friends over all the years. I got to know Terrence when they were married. In fact, once Marriage Equality was finally the law of the land, we held a ceremony right in front of City Hall in our plaza, and performed a marriage ceremony for Terrence and Tom to mark that historic occasion.
“An amazing, amazing New Yorker who did so much good, so we all should have Terrence McNally and his husband Tom Kirdahy in our thoughts and prayers. And to Terrence, rest in peace and thank you for all you did for this city and this nation.”
Pausing briefly, de Blasio continued, “As you can see, this crisis is not just numbers. It’s not just happening somewhere else or to somebody else. This is going to be something we all feel very directly in our lives before it’s over.”
Kirdahy always maintained a strong passion and love for the theatre, even while pursuing a career as an activist and lawyer. Through the East End Gay Organization, Kirdahy and critic, Isa Goldberg, organized a discussion called “Theatre From a Gay Perspective”, which was the beginning of his transition to his producing career. The panel included three playwrights, Lanford Wilson, Edward Albee, and Terrence McNally.
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In 2007 he produced Deuce by Terrence McNally on Broadway starring Marian Seldes and Angela Lansbury. It was Lansbury’s return to Broadway after more than twenty years. Kirdahy went on to produce the Tony-nominated revivals of Ragtime (2009) and the revival of Master Class in the West End starring Tyne Daly (2011).
In 2014, he produced Terrence McNally’s play Mothers and Sons starring Tyne Daly, which was McNally’s 20th Broadway production. The New York Times described the Tony nominated play as “an ambitious attempt to dramatize the head-spinning changes in Gay America”, and “a resonant elegy for a ravaged generation”. It marked the first time a legally wed gay couple was seen on a Broadway stage.
Kirdahy net worth is being update.