OF LEGENDARY DIRECTOR
Nichols was among the most celebrated people in the history of show business,
one of only a handful of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award®.
Mike Nichols has won more Tony Awards for Best
Direction of a Play than any other individual. His six nods were for Barefoot in the Park (1964), Luv and The Odd Couple (1965), Plaza Suite (1968), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1972), The Real Thing (1984), and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
(2012). He has also won in other categories for directing the musical Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), and for producing Annie (1977) and The Real Thing (1984) under the company he founded,
Icarus Productions, making it a total of nine Tony Award wins. He also received
eight additional nominations.
St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League, said, “Legendary
director Mike Nichols shared his distinct genius for storytelling through the
worlds of stage and film. Throughout his celebrated career in many mediums that
spanned decades, he was always in awe of the thrill and the miracle that is
theatre. In addition to his numerous honors, including nine Tony Awards, he won
over audiences with his passion for art. His notable presence in our industry
will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”
Sawyer, Mike Nichols, Max Nichols and Jenny Nichols are seen in this undated
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Note from the
In the midst of
congress’ heated debate over Immigration Laws
it should be noted
that Nichols himself was an immigrant,
Igor Peschkowsky in Germany. His father, a Jewish doctor from
Russia, fled to America to escape the Nazis in 1938.
In a rare move indeed
the New York Times not only put Nichols on the front page but also dedicated a double
page spread to him
(albeit in the Business
What a statement!
Such was his fame
that the mere attachment of his name to any production lent the imprimatur of
excellence be it the Oscar winning films, or Tony winning plays.
But I remember him
most for the recording of “An
Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May” which opened in October 1960, ran for
more than 300 performances and
won a Grammy Award.
Yes, the LPs that we
all played at parties or listened to on the radio of his comedy acts with his equally
zany partner Elaine May.
They became cult favorites.
At once universal and
unique their skits lampooned such everyman situations as teenagers on a first
date in a parked car, a visit to the dentist, to the hospital, arranging a funeral
and, of course,
And there was NO profanity,
NO ethnicity, just a keen eye and ear, and superb comic timing.
One of the miracles
of high technology these hilarious moments can be accessed on line.
Like a final gift
from a master, give yourself a treat and Google them!
Mike Nichols was
truly a theater genius and one of a kind!