Broadway League reverses decision, dims lights for Joan Rivers

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TIMES SQUARE (PIX11) – After an initial decision not to dim the lights on Broadway for late comedienne Joan Rivers, the Broadway League reversed its decision amid growing criticism.

“Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her,” wrote Executive Director Sharlotte St. Martin in a statement.  “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.”

The change of heart comes a day after the Broadway League decided Rivers didn’t fit the criteria for the honor.

While Rivers is known as a proponent and fan of Broadway, even earning a Tony Award nomination, she made her career in stand-up comedy and on television.