Broadway Legend Dies

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 12/08/1997 12:00AM

Master showman David Merrick, 88, Broadway producer of such hits as "Gypsy," "Hello, Dolly!" and "42nd Street," died in London on Tuesday. He had been in failing health for many years. Ironically, his death comes only days after that of his one-time rival, Alexander H. Cohen.

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