Broadway press rep dies

Fennell handled publicity for 'Wicked,' 'Spelling Bee'

Broadway press agent Robert Arthur Fennell, known to the New York theater community as Bob, died Sunday after a short illness. He was 48.

As co-owner with Marc Thibodeau of the Publicity Office since 1996, Fennell repped Broadway, Off Broadway and touring productions including “Wicked,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Three Days of Rain,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

He also handled press for Off Broadway troupes Signature Theater and Playwrights Horizons, along with shows for the Royal National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he attended Fordham U. and New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. He was a carpenter and an actor before going into PR, getting his start as an associate at Boneau/Bryan-Brown.

He is survived by his companion, Stacy Shane, as well as his mother, five sisters, three nephews and six nieces.

A wake will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home in Yonkers. Funeral service is scheduled for Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart in Yonkers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Robert A. Fennell Scholarship at Brooklyn College, where Fennell was an adjunct lecturer.

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