Broadway lights to darken in memory of Gandolfini

James Gandolfini Gandolfini was nominated for a Tony award for his role in God of Carnage in 2009

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

The 51-year-old made his Broadway debut in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992.

His performance in the award-winning play God of Carnage earned him a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

Charlotte St Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, said Gandolfini "made every role believable and seemingly effortless".

"Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience," she added.

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

Gandolfini, who became a household name playing conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO TV series when it ran between 1999-2007, suffered a heart attack while on holiday with his son in Rome.

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.

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