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Broadway to Dim Lights in Honor of Sidney Poitier Tonight

The Oscar-winning and Tony-nominated actor died on January 6.

Sidney Poitier, as he appeared on the opening night of The Color Purple at the Broadway Theatre in 2005.
(© Joseph Marzullo / Retna Ltd.)

The Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway for one minute in honor of Sidney Poitier on Wednesday, January 19, at exactly 7:45pm. Poitier died on January 6.

Best known for his Oscar-winning film work, Poitier began his career on the stage. His Broadway appearances include originating the role of Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. You can read his obituary here.

"Although Sidney Poitier's brilliance shone on Broadway stages as a performer and director in just a small number of productions, his presence on Broadway was both titanic and influential," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League.


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