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Robert Fennell, Theatre Press Agent, Dies at 48

Robert Arthur Fennell, a longtime theatre press agent who directed the publicity for more than 100 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, died Sun., Nov. 12. He was 48 and lived in Manhattan. The cause of death was liver cancer, his family said, and he died at his family's home in Yonkers, N.Y., according to a report in The New York Times.

Fennell started his career at Boneau/Bryan-Brown, where he handled some of the major Broadway hits of the past quarter-century, including Angels in America and The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history. He left the company in 1996 to help form the Publicity Office, where he directed the publicity for Richard III (with Ian McKellen), Wicked, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

He is survived by his companion, Stacy Shane; five sisters, Mary Ann Brendler, Susan D'Agostino, Katherine Hoffnagle, Elizabeth Frare, and Nancy Case; and three nephews and six nieces.

A wake will be held Wed., Nov. 15, and Thu., Nov. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Whalen-Ball Funeral Home in Yonkers. A funeral service will be held Fri., Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Robert A. Fennell Scholarship at Brooklyn College.

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