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Updated: Samuel J. Friedman Will Join Marquis Theatre in Dimming the Lights in Honor of Jan Maxwell


Updated: Samuel J. Friedman Will Join Marquis Theatre in Dimming the Lights in Honor of Jan Maxwell

The Broadway community mourns the loss of five-time Tony Award nominated actor, singer and performer Jan Maxwell, who passed away on Sunday, February 11th at age 61.

In addition to the earlier announced dimming at The Marquis Theatre (210 W 46th St.), where she made her final Broadway appearance, the Music Box and Samuel J. Friedman theaters have announced that they will dim their lights in her memory on February 21, 2018, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

Ms. Maxwell received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005), Coram Boy (2007), Lend Me a Tenor (2010), The Royal Family (2010), and Follies (2012). During her career she was nominated in all of the possible Tony Award female acting categories and was one of only four women to be nominated in two categories in the same season. She made her Broadway debut in the musical comedy City of Angels (1990) and also appeared in Dancing at Lughnasa (1992), A Doll's House (1997), The Sound of Music (1998), The Dinner Party (2000), Sixteen Wounded (2004), and To Be Or Not To Be (2008).

"Jan Maxwell's enormous talent won over audiences and critics regularly wrote love letters about her performances. Whether it was in musicals, comedies or dramas, she lit up the stage with her versatility and range. She built an impeccable reputation in the theatre and was beloved by the public and respected by her peers," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. "She left us too soon and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues."

Beyond Broadway, Ms. Maxwell frequently appeared in Off Broadway and regional productions. She also had numerous television credits including: "Madam Secretary," "Gotham," "BrainDead," "Billy & Billie," "The Good Wife," "The Divide," "Gossip Girl," "One Life to Live," "All My Children," and "Law & Order."

She is survived by her husband, Robert Emmet Lunney, and son, Will Maxwell-Lunney; three sisters, Susan Fitzgerald, Nancy Maxwell and Peggy Maxwell; and two brothers, Bill Maxwell and Richard Maxwell.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos

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