James Gandolfini death: Broadway dims lights Wednesday in tribute

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To honor  James Gandolfini all Broadway theaters will dim their lights just as the evening curtain goes up Wednesday (June 26). At exactly 8 p.m., marquees will go dark for one minute, a high honor Broadway gives to a select few shortly after their deaths.

Gandolfini died Wednesday (June 19) in Italy at 51. His body has been returned to his home state of New Jersey, and the funeral is planned for St. John the Divine in Manhattan on Thursday.

Though Gandolfini became an international star and won three Emmy Awards as mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos," he also worked in film and theater. His stage work included three stints on Broadway.

Gandolfini garnered a Tony Award Best Actor in a Play nomination in 2009 for his work in "God of Carnage." Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden co-starred. In 1995, he played Charlie Malloy in a short-lived production of "On the Waterfront." And three seasons earlier, Gandolfini was Steve Hubbell in "A Streetcar Names Desire" starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.

"James Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience," Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said in a statement. "Whether on screen or on a Broadway stage, he made every role believable and seemingly effortless. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, and certainly to all of his fans, who felt as if they knew his characters."

Daniels tells Zap2it of his "Carnage" co-star, He made a lot of things happen for a lot of people," Daniels concludes, "and I'll miss him terribly."
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