Legit critic Norman Nadel dies

He worked for Scripps Howard chain

Norman Nadel, former drama critic of the Scripps-Howard chain, died of natural causes Oct. 25, in Naples, Fla. He was 95.

Nadel was a legit critic World Telegram and Sun and later its successor, New York World Journal Tribune, in the 1960s, before seguing to Scripps-Howard.

After serving in the Army during World War II, Nadel worked as a critic for the Columbus, Ohio, Citizen. On the side he taught about theater to colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, including Florida State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and the U. of Oregon.

In 1961 he was tapped by the World Telegram and Sun. With the demise of the World Journal Tribune he became cultural affairs writer for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper chain, and later critic-at-large for the Newspaper Enterprise Assn. and the Independent News Alliance, his work appearing in more than 700 newspapers in the United States and Canada.

Nadel served as president of the New York Drama Critics Circle. During the 1960s, he served as arbitrator of the many contentious disputes between the League of New York Theaters and Actors Equity Assn. over employment of foreign actors in New York productions of plays and musicals they had starred in abroad. He was a consultant to the Theater Guild, served on the Tony Awards Committee and the boards of the American Theater Assn. and the American Community Theater Assn.

He edited the Critics Choice magazine and authored “A Pictorial History of the Theatre Guild.”

Survivors include his wife, Maureen; two sons and a daughter, actress Arlene Nadel Hammer; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

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