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Should Broadway dim their lights in honor of Robin Williams

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I feel that broadway should dim their lights in honor of a great actor who cherished live theater and brought laughter to broadway and off broadway audiences.
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Ok I will tell Broadway.
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I don't know about this, but exactly what are the criteria for lights being dimmed? Who decides this? I would be interested to know.
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I wouldn't think twice either way.
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I'm guessing they won't. He only appeared in a few pieces of live theater and his career has primarily been focused on film/television. That said, I think it would be a lovely gesture if they did (Gandolfini didn't appear in a lot of plays and he had the lights dimmed).
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Look at the practice of dimming the lights. It's only done for famous people. They don't dim the lights when some dancer in the chorus has passed away. I don't think it should be done for Robin Williams because it crosses over into "celebrity" rather than "honor."
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I say yes. He may not have performed very often in live theatre but he is an inspiration to so many actors who are.
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The inspiration to others is what I was thinking, too, icecream.
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Or at least, Aladdin since he created a memorial Disney icon
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The New Amsterdam definately should, and Robin Williams wasnt some 'celebrity', he was a genuine star and an extremely gifted actor and comedian who has appeared on broadway and inspired many. I dont think Broadway 'should', but it would be nice if they did
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Absolutely not. No. That is a very special honor reserved for a very select group. I like Robin Williams but this is out of the question.

Let Hollywood dim their lights.
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LOL, lovebwy, I can think of people omitted and others included. Robin Williams is at least as worthy as James Gandolfini, IMO. He did perform stand up on Broadway (I know that's not 'real theater' but it is a contribution) and did off-Broadway and Broadway work. As I said, his inspiration to others in the field might be enough reason.
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This is a feckless thread.

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What would Oprah do?
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I think the dimming of lights should be reserved for great people like Merman and Martin, Tennessee Williams, the wondaful Elaine Stritch, Helena Modjeska, the Lunts and Mrs. Fiske.
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'What would Oprah do?'

Probably not read a thread like this. I think I shall follow Her advice.
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Only one person on this board was alive to see Broadway dim the lights for Mrs. Fiske, and it was After Eight.
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They dimmed the lights James Gandolfini. How many Broadway show was he in?

I know he did God Of Canage.
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brdway411, Gandolfini appeared in three Broadway shows- the early 90s revival of Streetcar w/Baldwin & Lange, the short-lived stage adapt of On The Waterfront & his Tony-nominated turn in God Of Carnage.
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Barbra Streisand only did two Broadway shows 50 years ago -- I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962), Funny Girl (1964) -- but I'm willing to bet they'll dim the lights for her when her time comes.

Williams also did two -- Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2002), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2011) -- and they were fairly recent.
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Williams also did off-Broadway work and comedy at Broadway houses (other than Live On Broadway) prior to his Broadway debut.
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"Williams also did two -- Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2002), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2011) -- and they were fairly recent."

While not considered "Broadway" because of the theater it was performed in, he did Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center.
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Most definitely.

I wonder what part, if any, the recent cancellation of his CBS show "The Crazy Ones" had in his depression.
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Perhaps the combined losses of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall merit a dimming of Broadway's lights-- so the arguing can stop.
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