Broadway to Dim Lights Wednesday in Memory of James Gandolfini

10:45 AM PST 06/25/2013 by David Rooney
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James Gandolfini

The late "Sopranos" star was nominated for a Tony in 2009 for his role in "God of Carnage."

NEW YORK -- Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights for one minute before curtain time Wednesday evening to honor the memory of James Gandolfini.

The actor, who died suddenly last week in Italy at age 51, was best known for his television and movie roles, most notably on the landmark HBO series The Sopranos.

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But his Broadway credits included a Tony-nominated leading performance in God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's four-character comedy-drama about the primitive behavior lurking beneath polite social restraint. That all-star 2009 production also featured Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. It won three Tony Awards -- for best play, director Matthew Warchus and lead actress Harden.

That same cast reunited two years after their hit Broadway run for a sold-out engagement of the play at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Gandolfini made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, which starred Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange. He also appeared in a short-lived 1995 production of Budd Schulberg's On the Waterfront, with Kevin Conway, Ron Eldard, Penelope Ann Miller and David Morse.

"James Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League.

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