Broadway to Dim Lights for Gillian Lynne Tonight
Lynne received Tony nominations for her choreography of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.
The Broadway community will mourn the passing of Gillian Lynne tonight by dimming the lights of Broadway theaters in her memory at 6:45pm for one minute. The Society of London Theatres announced that West End theaters would also dim their lights.
Over her career as a stage choreographer, she created the dances for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and The Phantom of the Opera in London and on Broadway. She received Tony nominations for both, as well as an Olivier Award for Cats. Lynne's other Broadway credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, How Now, Dow Jones, and The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd. She also received a Special Olivier Award in 2013.
On May 1, Andrew Lloyd Webber renamed the New London Theatre in Lynne's honor; she made one of her final public appearances on June 22 at the official renaming ceremony.