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Margo Lion, Broadway Producer of ‘Hairspray,’ Dies at 75

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Margo Lion, Broadway Producer of 'Hairspray,' Dies at 75

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Broadway producer Margo Lion, who helped bring Tony Jelly & # 39; s Last Jam and Hairspray-winning musicals to the stage and also worked on Tony Kushner's two-part classic, Angels in America, died at the age of 75. Her son, Matthew Nemeth, told The Associated Press that she died in a Manhattan hospital days after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Born in Baltimore, Lion was a proud independent producer who sometimes offered personal assets as a guarantee in his determination to stage a show. She started out as an apprentice at the Music-Theater Group in the 1970s and, a few years later, began to study the life of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton, the base of Jelly & # 39; s Last Jam, who debuted on Broadway in 1992 and starred Gregory Hines. A decade later, she had a huge success with Hairspray, Tony's success that was adapted from the John Waters comedy. Lyon had seen the film on video in 1998 and quickly considered it ideal for Broadway, partly attracted by the story because it was set in Baltimore.

"I wanted to do something joyful, celebratory, like the programs I remembered as a child," Lion told The New York Times in 2002. "In the middle of the video, I literally said, 'Yes, that's it. I found it. & # 39; "

Lion was among the producers of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika and brought George C. Wolfe to direct, his first Broadway show. His other credits include Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, and Elaine Stritch, at Liberty. In 2009, Barack Obama appointed her to the President's Arts and Humanities Committee.

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