B'way dims its lights in memory of John McMartin tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Broadway League has announced that the Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of five-time Tony-nominated actor John McMartin.

President Charlotte St. Martin commented:

"John McMartin has been a frequent and beloved actor on Broadway for over six decades. He originated memorable roles in shows that are now considered classics. Our sincere thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans."
Mr. McMartin was born in Warsaw, Indiana, on 18 November 1929 and passed away on 6 July 2016 in New York City, at the age of 86. The lights will be dimmed at exactly 7:45pm tonight for one minute.

The Broadway veteran received five Tony nominations over the course of his career for roles in 'Sweet Charity' (1966), 'Don Juan' (1973), 'Show Boat' (1995), 'High Society' (1998), and 'Into the Woods' (2002). Among his many other Broadway credits are 'Follies' (1971), 'Grey Gardens' (2006), 'Anything Goes' (2011) and 'All The Way' (2014). He made his Broadway debut in 'The Conquering Hero' in 1961.

- by Tom Millward

John McMartin 1929 - 2016

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