NEW YORK -- Mary Bryant, a press agent who handled publicity for many of Broadway's biggest hits associated with legendary directors George Abbott and Harold Prince,died Sunday of a brain hemorrhage at her home in Hillsdale, N.Y. Ms. Bryant, 71, had suffered from lung cancer since 1999.
It was Abbott who first hired Ms. Bryant as an assistant press agent for the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Fiorello!" in 1959. She later opened her own office, doing publicity for the 1962 Stephen Sondheim musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," produced by Prince and directed by Abbott.
Ms. Bryant also handled many of the shows producer-director Prince created with Sondheim, including "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Pacific Overtures," "Sweeney Todd," and "Merrily We Roll Along."
Among the other shows produced or directed by Prince that she worked on were "She Loves Me," "Cabaret," "Zorba," "On the Twentieth Century," "Evita," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," and a revival of "Show Boat."
Ms. Bryant also worked on such
Ms. Bryant leaves her mother, Mabel Decker.