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FILE – In this March 10, 2005 file photo, Geoffrey Holder poses at the French Institute Alliance Francaise’ “La Nuit des Etoiles” dinner in New York, honoring French actress Catherine Deneuve. Holder, a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter and choreographer who during an eclectic show business career led the groundbreaking show “The Wiz” to Broadway, pitched 7-Up soda on TV and played a scary villain in the James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” died Sunday of complications of pneumonia at Mount Sinai St. Luke’ s Hospital in New York. He was 84. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

NEW YORK — Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights Friday night in memory of Geoffrey Holder (pictured), a Tony Award-winning director who led the groundbreaking show “The Wiz” to Broadway.

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The Broadway League says the lights will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45 p.m. Holder died Sunday of complications of pneumonia at age 84.

The 6-foot-6, Trinidad-born Holder won Tonys in 1975 for directing and designing the costumes for his all-Black retelling of “The Wizard of Oz.” In 1978, he directed and choreographed the lavish Broadway musical “Timbuktu!” starring Eartha Kitt and earned another Tony nomination for best costumes.

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