Broadway theaters will dim their lights this week to pay tribute to the passing of two theater greats. Theater marquees will go dark for one minute at 8 PM on December 27 in honor of late actor Charles Durning. Theaters will once again dim their lights on December 28 at 8 PM to remember late actor Jack Klugman. Both actors passed away on December 24.
Durning earned a Tony Award for the 1990 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His many other Broadway credits included That Championship Season, The Gin Game, Inherit the Wind and The Best Man. He earned one of his two Oscar nominations for the film adaptation of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Klugman received a Tony nomination for originating the role of Herbie in Gypsy. He later headlined the popular TV adaptation of The Odd Couple. His many Broadway credits included Golden Boy, A Very Special Baby, Tchin-Tchin, Three Men on a Horse, I'm Not Rappaport and The Sunshine Boys.