NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Perhaps they saw the light?
A day after saying the lights of the Great White Way would not go dark for Joan Rivers, the Broadway League reversed its decision and dimmed the lights tuesday night.READ MORE: Juneteenth Celebrations Across New York City Take On New Meaning In 2021
“Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, at exactly 6:45pm for one minute,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League.
The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, previously told the New York Times that it had decided Rivers did not meet the criteria for dimming the lights on theater marquees in the traditional industry honor for deceased theater celebrities.
Hundreds stopped in their tracks to get a glimpse at the dark marquee.
“I think it’s the most publicized dimming in history and that’s how it should be for Joan Rivers, period,” theater producer Tom D’Angora told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.