Broadway will honor Joan Rivers by dimming its theatre lights on Tuesday evening, but only because her fans insisted. The Broadway League originally decided the late comedienne didn’t meet the criteria for such a tribute, but they reconsidered after Rivers’ friends, fans and the theatre community voiced their objections.
Rivers’ legendary entertainment career spanned well over half a century and the effect she had on the industry, her fans and her colleagues was immeasurable. Her star-studded funeral on Sunday in New York was testament to that fact.
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald sang “Smile,” Tony winner
However, St. Martin originally ruled Rivers’ career wasn’t theatrical enough in nature to warrant a dimming of the lights. “Under our criteria people need to have been very active recently in the theatre, or else be synonymous with Broadway – people who made their careers here, or kept it up,” she told the New York Times on Monday.
But Rivers’ fans weren’t having it. Especially considering the League had recently dimmed the lights for other late entertainers not primarily associated with theatre, including
Many of Rivers’ supporters and celebrity friends expressed their disappointment in the Broadway League’s decision, including “Modern Family” star
Broadway execs WON’T dim lights for Joan Rivers. Aww aren’t they so cute with their little meetings on their light dimming power and such.
– Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) September 9, 2014
And the Broadway League did.
Rivers, the sharp-tongued star of E!’s “Fashion Police” will be honored Tuesday night when all of New York’s Broadway productions dim their lights in her honor for a full minute.