Broadway will dim its lights Friday night in honor of Gore Vidal, The Broadway League announced today.
The marquees of all Broadway theaters will be dimmed for one minute at 8:00 p.m. in his memory. Vidal, a prolific author and playwright, passed away Tuesday at age 86.
A revival of his play, The Best Man, is currently on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre starring James Earl Jones, Cybill Shepherd, John Larroquette and others. The show was originally performed in 1960. A movie version, which Vidal wrote the screenplay for, was released in 1964.
“For over six decades, Gore Vidal never stopped writing novels, memoirs, plays, essays and screenplays, and was a ubiquitous cultural commentator,” Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said in a press release. “His plays were timely and timeless, as evidenced by the current production of The Best Man now playing on Broadway. Our thoughts go out to his friends, family, and fans.”
In addition, The AP reports that all performances of The Best Man for the next week will be dedicated to Vidal. The twice-extended show will close Sept. 9.