The lights on Broadway will go dark for a minute this evening at 7:45 p.m. to honor the memory of Nicholas Martin, the director whose production of Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike was last year’s Tony Award winner for Best Play.
Martin, who made his Broadway debut as an actor in 1966, died on April 30. He was 75. For Vanya — Christopher Durang‘s wild comedy with Chekhovian overtones, undertones and Sigourney Weaver — Martin was Tony-nominated for his staging, though he lost to Pam MacKinnon. A comedy specialist and beloved figure in the theater community, Martin also had a long-running Broadway hit with The 39 Steps. That one, a slapstick re-enactment of the Hitchcock film, originated at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, where he was artistic director. Previous directing stints on Broadway included Present Laughter, Mauritius, Butley and Hedda Gabler. Known to all as Nicky, Martin also was a regular at the bucolic Williamstown Theatre Festival, in Western Massachusetts.