West News Wire: Michael McGrath, a hilarious, feel-good musical performer who won a Tony Award for “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” has passed away. He was 65. 

McGrath passed away on Thursday at his home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, according to Lisa Goldberg, his spokeswoman. No other information was released. 

Michael Urie praised Michael McGrath by writing, “Michael McGrath was as wonderful offstage as he was on.” “Funny, adorable, and intelligent. Although I am deeply saddened by his passing, I will always carry what he taught me with me. 

In addition to appearing in more than a dozen Broadway productions, including “Plaza Suite,” “She Loves Me,” “Tootsie,” and “Spamalot,” McGrath also accompanied Martin Short on “The Martin Short Show” on television. 

“Very saddened to hear that Michael McGrath our first and most beloved Patsy in ‘Spamalot,’ has passed away,” wrote Monty Python member Eric Idle. “Warm hugs to all the ‘Spamalot’ family and very happy memories of a lovely man.” 

In 2012, McGrath won the Tony for best actor in a featured musical role playing wise guy Cookie McGee in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. 

He also played a hard-boiled radio station owner in “Memphis” and showed fine vaudevillian chops in “On the Twentieth Century” singing “Five Zeros,” an ode to the joys of money. 

In a 2007 review of “Follies” at City Center, The Associated Press said McGrath “exudes a pugnacious, good-time Charlie conviviality that also hides insecurities. The actor also moves with the confidence of a born hoofer, particularly in his ″’The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues.’″ 

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