27 Jun 2013

Broadway tribute to Gandolfini

10:57 am on 27 June 2013

Theatres on Broadway will dim their lights on Wednesday in memory of The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini who died in Italy on Wednesday.

He made his Broadway debut in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992 and his performance in God of Carnage earned him a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

The Broadway League said the lights would be darkened for one minute on Wednesday night.

Gandolfini, 51, became a household name playing fictional mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO TV series between 1999-2007. He died of a heart attack while on holiday with his son in Rome.

The BBC reports he had been due to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily where he was to receive a special prize on Saturday.

His funeral is due to be held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City on Thursday.