2nd UPDATE: The Broadway League has decided to dim the lights in memory of Joan Rivers! So glad they reversed their decision! http://playbill.com/news/article/sister-act-second-national-tour-reveals-cast
UPDATE: Jordan Roth, President of the Jujamcyn Theatres will dim the lights of their 5 theatres in memory of Joan Rivers! Thank You Jordan for honoring Joan as she should be!
In memory of the legendary Joan Rivers, we will dim the lights of our Jujamcyn Theaters marquees, Tuesday at 6:45pm. pic.twitter.com/j07m1L5gaS— Jordan Roth (@Jordan_Roth) September 9, 2014
Can We Talk? about how The Broadway League has decided not to dim the lights in honor of Joan Rivers? The League determined Joan did not meet the criteria for Broadway's lights to be dimmed because "Under our criteria people need to have been very active recently in the theater, or else be synonymous with Broadway – people who made their careers here, or kept it up," the Broadway League's executive director Charlotte St. Martin told the Times in an interview. St. Martin stated that while Joan was supportive of the theatre community, hers was not a name that was synonymous with Broadway.
Let's check something here. Not only was Joan a Tony Award nominee for her own show Sally Marr...and Her Escorts, but she appeared on Broadway in two other shows, Fun City (her Broadway debut) and in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. While Joan had not been on Broadway as an actress in many years, she continued to be a fixture on the theatre scene, attending numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and promoting Broadway on her reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best (did the League miss the episode in which Joan went to NYC with Cooper to have him audition for Priscilla Queen of the Desert?).
Did the League miss the coverage of Joan's funeral? It was a who's who of Broadway. Audra McDonald and Hugh Jackman both sang at Joan's funeral. Bernadette Peters, Kathie Lee Gifford, Rosie O'Donell, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and Kathy Griffin were all in attendance (all of whom have appeared on Broadway).
Joan has been in and around Broadway/Theatre throughout her whole career more so than some of the other recent celebrities who have passed away recently that The League has dimmed the lights for. Broadway SHOULD dim the lights in honor of Joan Rivers! I think this is a real slap in the face they have decided not to.
What do you think? Check out my photo gallery below and decide for yourself if The League should dim the lights in honor of Joan Rivers' passing...