Broadway to salute Newman

Marquees to dim for one minute honoring late actor

Broadway's marquees will go dim for one minute at 8 Friday night in memory of Paul Newman.

Although Newman, who died last week at age 83, was an enormously important movie star, his career began in the theater. After studying at the Yale Drama School and New York's Actors Studio, he made his Broadway debut in 1953 in William Inge's "Picnic."

His performance attracted the attention of Hollywood talent scouts, who signed him to a Warners contract. It also was in that production that he first met Joanne Woodward, who would become his wife.

Newman also had starring roles in Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" as well as "The Desperate Hours" and "Baby Want a Kiss."

In 2003, Newman received a Tony nomination for his performance as the stage manager in a Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." He had performed the play at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut that he, Woodward and the Westport community restored.

"For over half a century, Paul Newman has graced our stages and inspired our souls with his brilliant talent," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League.
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