Although best known for his work on films such as “The Graduate” and “Working Girl,” Nichols always maintained a strong connection to Broadway, returning to the Great White Way regularly throughout his career. Most recently, he oversaw a revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” with Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig that was a box office smash.
Nichols’ range as a director was a staggering, encompassing musicals, comedies by the likes of Neil Simon, and searing dramas by Arthur Miller and David Rabe.
He won nine Tony Awards for his work, including statues for his revival of “Death of a Salesman,” “Spamalot,” and the original productions of “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park.” His six wins for Best Direction of a Play are a record.
“Legendary director Mike Nichols shared his distinct genius for storytelling through the worlds of stage and film,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, in a statement. “Throughout his celebrated career in many mediums that spanned decades, he was always in awe of the thrill and the miracle that is theater.”
Nichols was also a performer and part of a legendary comedy duo with Elaine May. The two appeared together on stage for “An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May” in 1960, which ran for 306 performances.
Other plays he directed include “Annie,” “The Real Thing,” “Death and the Maiden,” and “Plaza Suite.”
The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will go dark on Friday, November 21st, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.