Beloved Lyricist of Broadway Classic ‘The Fantasticks’ Passes Away at Age 95

Thomas Jones, the brilliant author and lyricist of the record-breaking musical The Fantasticks, has recently passed away. Renowned for his book and lyrics for the show, which held the title of the longest-running musical in theater history, Jones will be remembered for his unparalleled wit and masterful use of language

What is the cause of Tom Jones’ death?

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Thomas Jones’ passing is primarily attributed to a battle with cancer, according to a statement by his son Michael in The New York Times. The lyricist passed away at his home in Sharon, Connecticut, on Friday. Jones had previously been married to Eleanor Wright but they later divorced, an event after which he wed the late Janet Watson. Jones is survived by his two sons, who he had with Watson.

What is Thomas Jones’ legacy in Broadway?

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Thomas Jones is seen as one of Broadway’s most visionary and influential lyricists and book writers. He is most famously known for his work on the groundbreaking Broadway musical The Fantasticks, which served as the blueprint for many modern musicals. Jones is also known for 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do! and Celebration with Hans Schmidt, along with Joy Comes to Deadhorse with John Donald Robb. The writer worked with a number of other notable authors and creators during his long and successful career, including Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, creating a legacy of impactful and entertaining theatrical works that continue to inspire modern-day theater makers.