Paul Newman

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Broadway is giving its regards to Paul Newman. Talk about a switcheroo.

The Great White Way will pay tribute to the late acting legend by dimming the lights on the marquees of all Broadway theaters on Friday night at 8 p.m. The venues will remain dark for one minute.

While most acclaimed for his screen work, Newman was no stranger to the boards, making his Broadway debut in 1953 in Picnic, where he met his future wife, Joanne Woodward.

As recently as 2003, Newman received a Tony Award nomination for his role in Our Town, a role that also earned him an Emmy nod after the play aired on television.

"For over half a century Paul Newman has graced our stages and inspired our souls with his brilliant talent," said Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of the Broadway League.

"After beginning his illustrious career on stage, his love for theater continued throughout his life as demonstrated by the Newman family's support of the renowned Westport Country Playhouse. Off-stage, his tireless devotion to philanthropic work has enhanced many lives and worthwhile causes

"His presence everywhere will be missed."

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