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James Gandolfini tribute to dim Broadway's lights

Invitation-only private wake in New Jersey held on eve of Manhattan funeral

Posted: Jun 26, 2013 11:42 AM ET

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2013 11:41 AM ET

Family and friends of James Gandolfini will mourn the Sopranos star this afternoon at a private wake in New Jersey, while in Manhattan, Broadway will dim its lights this evening to honour the actor.

An invitation-only viewing for Gandolfini is being held Wednesday afternoon and evening at a funeral home in Park Ridge, N.J., near Westwood, where he was raised.

Gandolfini, 51, died suddenly a week ago while on vacation in Italy, where he was to appear at a film festival.

This evening, New York theatres will dim their marquee lights for one minute beginning at 8 p.m. ET in memory of the actor, the Broadway League announced.

Though most often associated with his indelible TV performance as complex mafia boss Tony Soprano or for his many movie roles, Gandolfini was also a stage actor who appeared in plays like On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire and earned a Tony nomination for God of Carnage.

"Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience," League executive director Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.

Gandolfini's funeral will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York.

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