Broadway Lights Will Dim May 6 in Memory of Arthur Laurents

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06 May 2011

Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents

The marquees of Broadway theatres will be dimmed at 8 PM May 6 for one minute in memory of Tony Award-winning director and librettist Arthur Laurents, who died May 5 at the age of 93.

Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said, "The legendary works of Arthur Laurents are responsible for creating many generations of star-struck individuals, myself included! His name is synonymous with the great Broadway musicals and plays of our time. We have been enjoying his shows for over 50 years — including the very recent revivals of West Side Story and Gypsy, which he directed — and thankfully his talent will live on in future productions. Our thoughts go out to his friends, family and fans."

Read the Playbill.com obituary here. 

Read about the tradition of dimming Broadway marquees here.