Broadway will honor the memory of late, Tony-winning scenic designer Robin Wagner, who passed away May 29 at the age of 89, by dimming the lights of all Broadway theatres June 17. The special event, one of Broadway's top honors, will last for exactly one minute at 7:45 PM ET.
"Generations of theatregoers can fondly look back and think of certain productions and along with poignant storylines and exquisite performances, they can recall the beautiful grand sets and intricate details of the stage all thanks to the creative genius of Robin Wagner,” says Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “His keen eye for design and innovation was responsible for some of Broadway’s most memorable sets—from On the Twentieth Century and City of Angels to The Producers—and we wish to pay tribute to his legacy on Broadway by dimming the lights in his honor.”
Mr. Wagner began his career in 1961, assisting Ben Edwards on Big Fish, Little Fish. He had his first major success as a full scenic designer on the Main Stem with 1968's Hair, going on to design such shows as A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, Dreamgirls, Crazy for You, Jelly's Last Jam, Angels in America, and more.
Over his career, Mr. Wagner earned 10 nominations and won three, for On the Twentieth Century in 1978, City of Angels in 1990, and The Producers in 2001. Read the complete Playbill obituary here.
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