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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Broadway to Dim Its Lights on Thursday, November 20th at 8 Pm in Honor of Longtime Theatre and Dance Critic Clive Barnes
November 20, 2008
The Broadway community mourns the passing of longtime theatre and dance critic Clive Barnes, 81. Barnes covered the dance and arts worlds for over four decades in New York, starting as dance critic at the New York Times in 1965, and succeeding Walter Kerr as the daily theatre critic in 1967. In 1978, he became chief drama and dance critic for the New York Post, reviewing for the paper up until a few weeks ago. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, and appointed a knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1972 by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented, “A true lover of the arts, Clive Barnes wrote his way into our hearts and popular culture. The Broadway community will miss his great style and talent.”
He was married four times. He is survived by his wife, Valerie Taylor Barnes; a son, Christopher, of London; a daughter, Maya Johansen, of Woodstock, N.Y., and two grandchildren.