Robin Williams honored on Broadway with dimmed lights, 'Aladdin' tribute
Broadway was a darker place Wednesday as lights dimmed at 7:45 p.m. for one minute to honor the late Robin Williams, who died Monday.
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Though Williams was best known for his TV and film work, he occasionally appeared onstage as well. In 1998 he co-starred opposite Steve Martin off-Broadway in "Waiting for Godot"; in 2002 he had a limited-run one-man show, "Robin Williams: Live on Broadway"; and in 2011 he starred in the Broadway drama "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo."
"Robin Williams was a comedic genius with limitless talent and stunning versatility who left this world far too early. He made an impact on everyone he met or entertained," Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of the Broadway League, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Martin tweeted on Monday after news broke of Williams' death.
So did James M. Iglehart, who won a Tony for portraying the frenetic genie in Broadway's "Aladdin" adaptation that Williams had created in the 1992 movie.
Iglehart and the "Aladdin" cast paid tribute to Williams onstage on Tuesday with a reprise of "Friend Like Me," one of the production's show-stopping tunes.
"Aladdin" composer Alan Menken told Billboard Tuesday, "If I had only watched Robin Williams on the TV screen, in the movies or on stage, I would consider myself blessed for having simply experienced his brilliance, his joy, his humor and his heart. The fact that I had the honor of sharing the creative process with him is an honor and a privilege that I will cherish for the rest of my life."