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On July 23, 2002, playwright-composer-lyricist Clark Gesner died of a heart attack at the Princeton Club in New York City. Most famous for the musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Gesner also composed extensively for television, writing hundreds of works for children’s shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company. The 1998 Broadway revival of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown made a star of Kristin Chenoweth, who won a Tony Award for it along with her costar Roger Bart. Also a devoted critic, Gesner wrote theatre reviews for a local Brooklyn publication. Never far from a stage or a piano, he was an prolific and active member of the theatrical club The Players at the time of his death. He was 64.


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