NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang “Smile” and bagpipers played “New York, New York” at Joan Rivers’ funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that — like the late comedian herself — brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media.
At a funeral befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus sang Broadway hits before six-time Tony Award-winner McDonald sang her tribute to Rivers, a champion of theater for decades. Tributes and reminiscences were delivered by TV anchor Deborah Norville, close friend Margie Stern, columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers’ daughter, Melissa.READ MORE: Police: Woman Wanted For Punching MTA Bus Driver In Manhattan
“So sad to say goodbye to one of our friends, but (the service was) so joyful,” Norville told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern. “Hugh Jackman had us on our feet clapping for Joan.”
Hugh Jackman sang at the end, and bagpipers from the NYPD played on the streets as mourners filed out of Temple Emanu-El, many dabbing their eyes.