Broadway will honor Hoffman by dimming their marquee lights on Wednesday night, three days after his sudden death. On Feb. 3, The Washington Post confirmed that Philip Seymour Hoffman, a Tony Award nominated actor, would be honored in such a way. Starting at 7:45 p.m., the marquee lights on Broadway will be dimmed for one minute.
"Hoffman made his Broadway debut in Sam Shepard’s 'True West' with John C. Reilly in 2000 and followed it up three years later with Eugene O’Neill's 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night' with Brian Dennehy and Vanessa Redgrave. In 2012, he played a powerful Willy Loman in 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller under the direction of Mike Nichols. Each time he earned a Tony nod," according to The Washington Post.
Broadway and Hoffman have had a long lasting relationship. He was a very prominent figure in the theater world even though most people recognize him for his work on the big screen. With incredible roles in films like "Doubt" and "Capote," it's easy to forget that Philip Seymour Hoffman was also involved in theater for many years. Dimming of the Broadway marquee lights is an appropriate and touching tribute for a talented man who added something special to every role that he took on.
As previously reported, Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. Preliminary reports suggest that he died of a heroin overdose.
Broadway will remember Hoffman for many, many years to come, as will Hollywood and his millions of fans around the globe.
© Effie Orfanides 2014