Broadway legend and six-time Tony honoree Angela Lansbury receives a send-off worthy of the theatrical royalty she was as all Broadway marquees dim their lights in memory of the Mame and Sweeney Todd star October 15 for one minute at 7:45 PM.
Lansbury died October 11 just five days shy of her 97th birthday. A true theatrical legend, Lansbury's great roles include the title role in Jerry Herman's Mame, Nellie Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Mama Rose in Gypsy, and Mrs. Potts in Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast.
“Angela Lansbury was without a doubt one of Broadway’s most endearing leading actresses and her influence in the world of musical theatre will forever live on,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin in an earlier statement. “It is impossible to think of Broadway and not be reminded of Ms. Lansbury and some of her most iconic roles—from Mame and Gypsy to Sweeney Todd—just to name a few. We think of her as Broadway royalty and a member of our family, while recognizing that Hollywood thinks of her the same way. We’re just proud she’s ours too! Along with her legendary career and outstanding talent, it will be her grace, charisma, and kindness that we will fondly remember of the great Angela Lansbury.”
Earlier this year, Lansbury was awarded a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, in recognition of her more than six–decade career, which includes five competitive Tony Award wins—it was Lansbury's record that Audra McDonald broke with her sixth win in 2014—and five times hosting or co-hosting Tony Awards ceremonies, still the current record. Though not present at the ceremony, Lansbury was honored with a montage of her most iconic performances introduced by her Sweeney Todd co-star Len Cariou and a performance of Mame's title song by The New York City Gay Men's Chorus.
Lansbury is survived by her children Anthony, Deirdre, and David; grandchildren Peter, Katherine, and Ian; five great grandchildren; and brother, producer Edgar Lansbury. She was predeceased by husband Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.
The Broadway dimming follows a similar gesture from West End theatres October 12.