Broadway to dim the lights for Debbie & Carrie
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were both movie icons but they also had their triumphs on Broadway.
And to honor the mother and daughter who died a day apart last week, Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights on Friday at 7:45 pm.
Reynolds, who was 84 when she died, made her Broadway debut in 1973 in the musical comedy Irene which earned her a Tony Award nomination.
Her daughter, who died at 60, appeared in the chorus of the show.
Reynolds had been a major movie star for two decades with such classic films as Singin’ in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and How the West Was Won but movie roles were drying up as she approached 40.
She headlined Irene on Broadway for a-year-and-a-half before embarking on a national tour with the show.
Reynolds returned to Broadway In 1976 in the self-titled revue titled Debbie.
Then in 1983, she had one last Broadway run as the star of the 1981 Kander and Ebb musical Woman of the Year as a replacement for original star Lauren Bacall.
Fisher’s movie career took off with the Star Wars franchise.
But between the second and third films of the original trilogy she returned to Broadway briefly in the show Censored Scenes From King Kong then later as a replacement star in the play Agnes of God.
Her final Broadway engagement was in the solo show Wishful Drinking which ran for four months in 2009-10.