- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland’s theater district is dimming its marquee lights in honor of a rising Broadway actor who died after a weekend fall in New York.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports (https://bit.ly/1N09yE7 ) that Playhouse Square will pay tribute to Kyle Jean-Baptiste by dimming its lights Tuesday night. The 21-year-old actor died Saturday after he fell from a fourth-floor fire escape at his mother’s home in Brooklyn. Investigators say the fall appears accidental.

Jean-Baptiste graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea. He was the first African-American and youngest person to play the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway.

New York’s Imperial Theatre also planned to dim its lights Tuesday night in his memory.

Jean-Baptiste regularly performed in Playhouse Square before heading to New York.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, https://www.cleveland.com

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