How did Peggy Hickey die? Broadway choreographer cause of death explained


How did Peggy Hickey die? Broadway choreographer cause of death explained

Peggy Hickey one of today’s most versatile artists, and award-winning choreographers who have worked extensively in theatre, opera, film, and television has passed away. Let’s see what happened to her and Peggy Hickey cause of death in detail.


What happened to Peggy Hickey?

We regret to inform you that Peggy Hickey, a director, and choreographer, passed away after a protracted fight with cancer.

The last time I saw Peggy’s art was in Anastasia on Broadway. She also directed the dance for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Astaire and Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Best Choreography, 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical).

For the Tuacahn Center of the Arts, Elf, Trouble in Tahiti at the Chicago Lyric Opera, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for 3D Theatricals and Tuacahn, respectively, she has also directed and choreographed several regional plays.


Peggy Hickey cause of death

According to official reports, it was confirmed that Peggy passed away from cancer complications. In one of the friend’s statements on Peggy’s cause of death, the message reads the following, I’m so very sad to learn that Peggy Hickey has passed, after her long and courageous fight with cancer.

Peggy was a tough cookie, a fierce professional, and a wonderful choreographer, and she was kind and supportive of me–especially when she got me back in tap shoes after 25 years!

Here she is with director Larry Raben during tech at Ogunquit for our wondrous production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” one of my favorite things I’ve ever done, and the show that brought me together with my cherished friend, Sally Struthers. Rest in Peace, dear Peggy.


Who was Peggy Hickey?

Award-winning choreographer Peggy Hickey is one of today’s most adaptable artists, having worked extensively in theatre, opera, film, and television. For her work on Grammy-winning artist Beck’s The New Pollution, Peggy received the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Choreography.”

She created the dance sequences for “Spring Awakening” for the popular television show 90210 (CW), “So I Thought I Could Dance” for Christina Applegate’s Samantha Who? (ABC), and The Brady Bunch Movie, for which she was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for “Best Dance Sequence in a Feature Film” (Paramount).

Peggy and Eric Idle from Monty Python worked together on the New York and Los Angeles production of An Evening Without Monty Python.  For eight consecutive seasons, she choreographed the “Nurses Ball” episodes on General Hospital (ABC), as well as “Jail House Tango” for NBC’s Passions.

For her choreography in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Peggy was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in 2014, and she has won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award twice for “Outstanding Choreography” for Brigadoon and On the Twentieth Century (Goodspeed Musicals).

She also directed King of Hearts, A Little Night Music, Amour, Oklahoma!, and the revival of Carnival for Goodspeed. Peggy is a prolific opera singer who has worked with numerous notable musicians and directors, including Plácido Domingo, Samuel Ramey, Denyce Graves, Susan Graham, Jonathan Kent, and Franco Zeffirelli.

She choreographed Hansel and Gretel at the Julliard School, and her work has been performed at the LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Palm Beach Opera (Live from Lincoln Center, PBS).

Peggy created the choreography for The King & I at the Théâtre du Châtelet as well as La Cenerentola, Ballo en Maschara (Hong Kong Arts Festival), Don Giovanni, Salome (Savonlinna Opera Festival), and Don Giovanni.


When directing, Peggy Hickey brings her own “spoonful of sugar.”

Peggy Hickey has a lot to be pleased with in her professional life, from her time spent with the Los Angeles Opera to big Broadway laurels.

But the most recent job that makes her happy involves her making her directorial stamp on a work as beloved as Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins while she commutes to work in the shade of the stunning red rocks at Tuacahn Center for the Arts.

Peggy Hickey had a passion for acting since she was 4 years old. She first developed a passion for dancing, which led to possibilities as a dancer, dance captain, choreographer, and then a director. She has great experience in opera as well.

Hickey claims, “I have been with the Los Angeles Opera from its infancy – almost 30 years.” I joined the company as a “baby dancer,” one of the more inexperienced dancers. Moving quickly…

We won’t specify how many years, but… Peggy is the happy recipient of several honors in the theatre and dance, including choreographing Anastasia on Broadway and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Step forward… We won’t specify the precise number of years though. Peggy is the happy recipient of numerous awards for her work in theatre and dance, including choreographing the Broadway productions of Anastasia and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder. Hickey claims, “I’ve always been based on the west coast, yet I still made it to Broadway, which is kind of fantastic.


Tributes to Piggy Hickey

Danielle Wilkins

I had the great honor of working with Peggy Hickey for the Pearl Fishers at the Seattle Opera. She was a bright light, an amazing choreographer and coach, and an incredible person to be around. Rest In Peace, Peggy.

Terry Lavell

I have been changed for good…. Peggy Hickey will always and forever be a legend. There aren’t enough words to describe how many people’s lives you touched and inspired. My heart breaks today in so many ways. The fight that was in you as you pushed through this was amazing but more than that, incredible. You made a difference in my life and for that, I’m forever grateful to YOU! God, please send love and comfort to Tony, her children, family and friends, and anyone who was touched by this angel. Thank you for your legacy, Peggy.

Kristina Miller

Today I am overwhelmed. A mentor. A friend. This woman taught me so much about excellence. How to build a show from the ground up. How to listen. How to learn. From the day she called me “singer girl!” In our Big Fish rehearsal, I knew she would change my life. And change it she did. She encouraged me gave me the opportunity to show up for myself and held me to the highest standard.@thepeggyhickey today will be a little dimmer without you. Your smile would change the molecules in every room you walked into. You did what your soul loved and craved till the very end. You gave everything to this community. Thank you for always being an amazing teaching artist and reminding everyone that you never stop learning, and never stop growing. I hope to live up to the legacy you left and lead with love as you taught us all to do. My daughter sleeps with the blanket you gave her every night and she will hear all about you. I will miss you. Thank you. Rest in power, my friend. The one the only Peggy Hickey. 



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