Broadway Theatres To Dim Lights In Memory Of Harlem Fave Hinton Battle

March 1, 2024

By HWM Partner

The Broadway community honors the memory of Hinton Battle, the three-time Tony Award®-winning actor regarded as one of Broadway’s leading versatile and trailblazing actors, dancers, and singers.

Mr. Battle passed away on January 30, 2024, at the age of 67. The Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of the Shubert, Marquis, St. James, New Amsterdam, Samuel J. Friedman, Circle in the Square, Hayes, Vivian Beaumont, and Todd Haimes theatres in New York for one minute at exactly 6:45 pm on March 12, 2024, in his honor.

“The passing of Hinton Battle has had a profound impact within the Broadway community as we mourn the loss of a true theatrical legend. After consultation with Mr. Battle’s family, the Committee of Theatre Owners announces that on March 12th at 6:45 pm the lights at the Shubert Theatre, Marquis Theatre, St. James Theatre, New Amsterdam Theatre, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Circle in the Square Theatre, Hayes Theater, Vivian Beaumont Theater, and Todd Haimes Theatre will all be dimmed,” said Jason Laks, Interim President of The Broadway League. “Hinton Battle will be remembered for his incredible array of roles on Broadway. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”  

A trained ballet dancer who studied at the renowned Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and School of American Ballet in New York City, Mr. Battle’s Broadway career began at the age of 18 starring as the original “Scarecrow” in the 1975 musical The Wiz. He would go on to perform in some of Broadway’s most memorable roles for the next two decades.

Mr. Battle won three Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, setting a record in the category, for his roles in Miss Saigon (1991), The Tap Dance Kid (1984), and Sophisticated Ladies (1981).   

On Broadway Mr. Battle’s credits included: Chicago (1996 Revival); Miss Saigon (1991); The Tap Dance Kid (1983); Dreamgirls (1981); Sophisticated Ladies (1981); Dancin’ (1978); and The Wiz (1975).

On Tour Mr. Battle’s credits included: Ragtime (Chicago1998); The Tap Dance Kid (1985); Sophisticated Ladies (Los Angeles1982); and Dancin’ (1979).

Mr. Battle’s Broadway biography can be found on the Internet Broadway Database.

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry representing more than 700 members from nearly 200 national and international markets including theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers as well as suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry. Key League programs and resources such as Kids’ Night on Broadway®, The Jimmy Awards®/National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, Broadway Bridges®, Black to Broadway, ¡Viva! Broadway®, Broadway Membership Fellows, Broadway Speakers Bureau, and the Internet Broadway Database® ( represent the League’s ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive culture within the industry that is geared toward accessibility and advancements of audience development, industry practices, and workforce opportunities.

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