Broadway Dimming Lights for Joan Rivers

by Jackie Willis 10:54 AM PDT, September 09, 2014
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Joan Rivers is getting a Broadway goodbye.

Five theaters will dim their marquee lights on Tuesday night in honor of the late comedian.

Jordan Roth, owner of Jujamcyn Theater, announced that his five venues will remember Rivers in this way, though the rest of the Great White Way decided that she did not meet the criteria for a traditional tribute. Those are set aside for people who have been "very active recently" on Broadway.

"We love Joan -- she was very supportive of Broadway and came to a lot of show openings -- but she hasn't acted on Broadway in 20 years," Charlotte St. Martin of the Broadway League told the New York Times of Rivers.

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Rivers, who passed away on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the age of 81, appeared on Broadway three times (1972, 1988 and 1994) and was a nominated for an Tony Award in 1994 for her role in Sally Marr ...and Her Escorts.

Jujamcyn Theaters has some big name shows currently in rotation, including Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. Disney Theatrical Productions will also dim their New Amsterdam Theatre lights.

This will be the second time in a few weeks the lights have gone down on Broadway. In August, the theater community paid tribute to the late Robin Williams in this way.

Rivers' funeral had lots of theatrical moments. Go inside the memorable ceremony: