Lynn Root

Lynn Root, a former stage actor who later wrote the black-cast Broadway musical “Cabin in the Sky,” died July 21 of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 92.

Starting as a stage actor in New York in the 1920s, Root was a protege of Antoinette Perry, for whom the Tony Awards are named.

Root switched from acting to writing, penning several stage shows including “Cabin.”

In the 1940s, Root relocated to Hollywood, where he worked as a screenwriter.

Later, he and his wife, Helen, collaborated on comedies produced in several smaller theaters around the country.

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