|Broadway Theatres to Dim Lights January 19 in Memory of Sidney Poitier|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:51 pm EST 01/18/22|
|BROADWAY THEATRES TO DIM LIGHTS
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 19
IN MEMORY OF
ICONIC STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN
New York, NY – January 18, 2022 -- To commemorate the life of prolific actor, director and cultural icon Sidney Poitier, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, January 19 at exactly 7:45PM.
Mr. Poitier's long and storied career in the entertainment industry included many trailblazing and culturally significant roles. After training with the American Negro Theatre, he made his Broadway debut 75 years ago in a short-lived all-Black revival of Lysistrata. Mr. Poitier went on to create the iconic role of Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun, for which he earned a 1960 Tony Award® nomination as Best Actor in a Play. Mr. Poitier reprised his searing portrayal of the play's proud and ambitious central character in the hit 1961 film adaptation, further cementing the character and the play's prominent places in the American theatrical canon. In 1968, after becoming the first Black performer to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, Mr. Poitier returned to Broadway to direct Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights featuring Louis Gossett Jr., Diane Ladd and Cicely Tyson.
"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. "I know that Broadway fans worldwide recognize the incredible impact Mr. Poitier had on our art form. He is a true icon and an inspiration to so very many."
Mr. Poitier’s Broadway biography can be found on the Internet Broadway Database:
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THE BROADWAY LEAGUE (Charlotte St. Martin, President), founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in nearly 200 markets in North America and internationally. Each year, League members bring Broadway to upwards of 30 million people in New York, on tour across the U.S. and Canada, and around the globe. The Broadway League’s newest category of membership, League Fellows, affords access and benefits to upcoming professionals who represent a diversity of background, ethnicity, experience, and views. The Broadway League annually co-presents the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry.
Key League programs and resources include: Kids’ Night on Broadway®, The Jimmy Awards®, Stars in the Alley®, Viva Broadway, Black to Broadway, Internet Broadway Database® (ibdb.com), Broadway.org, SpotlightonBroadway.com, Commercial Theater Institute (with TDF), as well as numerous conferences and forums for our members. Broadway Bridges®, is aimed at giving every New York City public high school student the opportunity to see a Broadway show before graduation. TheatreAccessNYC (co-produced with TDF) is the one-stop website of accessible Broadway performances for theatregoers with disabilities. Broadway.org is the League’s official on-line headquarters for Broadway in NYC, on tour, and internationally.
For more information visit BroadwayLeague.com or follow @BroadwayLeague on Twitter and visit us at Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague. Follow @Broadway on Instagram for more Broadway content.
Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience. Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. It’s always the perfect time to see a show. Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.
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