Broadway to dim lights for Robin Williams tonight

By Daniel S Levine,

Broadway will have to dim the lights once again in honor for a celebrity. Tonight, the lights will go dark in honor of Robin Williams.

The iconic comedian, who died on Monday at the age of 63, was not particularly known for his work on stage in plays, but he did make appearances on the Great White Way. He worked with director Mike Nichols in an off-Broadway production of Waiting For Godot in 1988.

He also had a one-man show called Robin Williams: Live on Broadway. He did not make his Broadway acting debut until 2011, when he starred in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

“Robin Williams was a comedic genius with limitless talent and stunning versatility who left this world far too early. He made an impact on everyone he met or entertained,” Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said in a statement. “Whether on screen or live on stage, his multi-faceted talent always created memorable performances. Robin Williams will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.”

The lights will go dim at 7:45 p.m. for one minute tonight.

Williams is best known for films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji and many, many more. He won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting.

Broadway will likely have to dim the lights again this week to honor two-time Tony winner Lauren Bacall. She died on Tuesday at age 89.

image courtesy of Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

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