Broadway to Dim Lights for Director Geoffrey Holder

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Geoffrey Holder

The Tony winner is noted for bringing "The Wiz" to Broadway and staging "Timbuktu!" with Eartha Kitt

Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights Friday night in memory of Geoffrey Holder, a Tony Award-winning director who led the groundbreaking show The Wiz to Broadway.

The Broadway League says the lights will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45 p.m. Holder died Sunday of complications of pneumonia at age 84.

The 6-foot-6, Trinidad-born Holder won Tonys in 1975 for directing and designing the costumes for his all-black retelling of The Wizard of Oz. In 1978, he directed and choreographed the lavish Broadway musical Timbuktu! starring Eartha Kitt and earned another Tony nomination for best costumes.

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