Broadway theaters will dim their lights on Thursday evening to honor playwright Neil Simon, who passed away on Sunday at age 91.
The lights will be dimmed at all theaters at 6:45 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 30 for one minute. Simon was a prolific contributor to Broadway, with plays including “The Odd Couple,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Barefoot in the Park.” He was nominated for 17 Tony Awards across his career, winning three times, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991 for “Lost in Yonkers.”
“Neil Simon’s plays are a testament to the human experience: he made audiences laugh, cry and think. No other American playwright has had as many performances or as many shows in production simultaneously on Broadway,” said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the Broadway League, in a statement.
“His legacy will continue for years to come, and the Broadway industry is proud to dim the lights of our theatres in his honor,” Schumacher said.