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Broadway to dim lights to honor James Gandolfini

June 25, 2013|By Jamie Wetherbe
  • James Gandolfini, left, and Jeff Daniels in "God of Carnage," by Yasmina Reza, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 2011.
James Gandolfini, left, and Jeff Daniels in "God of Carnage,"… (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles…)

Broadway will dim its lights Wednesday to honor James Gandolfini,  the "The Sopranos” star and Tony nominee who died last week at the age of 51.

The Broadway League announced Tuesday that theater marquees will go dark for one minute at 8 p.m.

Gandolfini, best known for playing New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s "The Sopranos,” also starred on stage. In 2009, he earned a best actor Tony nod for his role in Yasmina Reza’s comedy "God of Carnage,” which two years later was produced at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre.

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Gandolfini also appeared in “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1992, opposite Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.

“Whether on screen or on a Broadway stage, [Gandolfini] made every role believable and seemingly effortless,” Charlotte St. Martin, the Broadway League's executive director, said in a statement.

Gandolfini died of a heart attack Wednesday in Rome; a funeral is planned for Thursday in New York City.

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