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James Gandolfini Honored; Great White Way to Dim Lights in Tribute

James Gandolfini left his mark on Broadway in several productions.

James Gandolfini left his mark on Broadway in several productions.

James Gandolfini will be honored on Broadway tonight, when the lights go down for one minute at 8pm to pay tribute for his contributions to the Great White Way. The 51-year-old actor died suddenly of a massive heart attack while vacationing in Italy last week.

While Gandolfini was best known for his role as mob boss Tony Soprano on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” he also worked regularly both on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

He received a Tony nomination for Best Actor for his role in the 2009 play God of Carnage. He also had memorable roles in revivals of He also A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992 and On the Waterfront in 1995.

“James Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin, in a statement released to TheImproper.

“Whether on screen or on a Broadway stage, he made every role believable and seemingly effortless,” she added. “Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, and certainly to all of his fans who felt as if they knew his characters.”

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the theater industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theater owners and operators, producers, presenters and general managers.

New York’s theater district is world famous for its bright lights and glittering marquees. Dimming the lights has become a time-honored way of saluting those who have contributed to New York theater’s success. Prominent actors, directors and even crew members have been honored.

Gandolfini’s body was flown back to the U.S. on Sunday (June 23). His funeral will take place tomorrow at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

He is survived by wife Deborah Lin, their daughter, Liliana, and a son, Michael, from his first marriage to Marcy Wudarski.

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