Choreographer Gillian Lynne of ‘Cats’ fame dies
LONDON (AP) — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92.
Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. He said she “leaves behind a huge legacy and is adored by many.” Land said he was “heartbroken” at the loss of the woman who had been his friend and his love for 40 years.
Lynne’s many credits included the phenomenally successful “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
Last month, Lloyd Webber renamed his New London Theatre as The Gillian Lynne Theatre, making it the first in London’s theater district named after a woman
After hearing of her death, he tweeted: “Three generations of the British musical owe so much to you.”
Lights at theaters throughout London’s entertainment district will be dimmed for one minute before performances begin Monday night as a tribute to Lynne.