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Broadway lights to dim in memory of scenic designer Robin Wagner

In a career that spanned more than five decades, Wagner was responsible for the sets of “Hair,” “The Producers” and more.

Scenic designer Robin Wagner (Credit: Courtesy of the Broadway League)

On June 17, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway marquees in honor of Tony Award-winning scenic designer Robin Wagner. The minute-long dimming will begin at 7:45 p.m. ET. Wagner passed away on May 29 at the age of 89.

Wagner began his Main Stem career in 1961 working as an assistant to Ben Edwards on “Big Fish, Little Fish.” He then went on to design the original production of “Hair.” During his career, Wagner worked on 63 Broadway productions, amassing 10 Tony nominations and winning Best Scenic Design three times: in 1978 for “On the Twentieth Century,” in 1990 for “City of Angels” and in 2001 for “The Producers.”

"Generations of theatergoers 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,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said 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.”