Broadway Theaters Housing Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, and More to Dim Lights for Joan Rivers
The Broadway League had decided not to dim Broadway's marquees for the pioneering comedian.
After community uproar in the wake of The Broadway League's recent decision not to dim Broadway marquees in honor of the late Joan Rivers, five theaters have announced plans to dim their lights tonight. Jordan Roth, the owner of the five Jujamcyn Theaters, announced his plans on Twitter.
The five theaters are the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, home of The Book of Mormon; the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, home of Kinky Boots, the August Wilson Theatre, home of Jersey Boys; the Walter Kerr Theatre, home of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder; and the St. James Theater, soon-to-be home of Side Show. Their lights will be dimmed today, Tuesday, September 9, at 6:45pm.
The theater community outcry supporting a remembrance for Rivers included the hashtag #Dim4Joan and came in response to The Leauge's announcement that, "people need to have been very active recently in the theater, or else be synonymous with Broadway," in order for the marquees to be dimmed.
UPDATE: Disney Theatricals announced that it will dim the marquee of its New Amsterdam Theatre, home of Aladdin, tonight. The Helen Hayes Theatre, current home of Rock of Ages and original home of Sally Marr...and her escorts, the play for which Rivers received her Tony Award nomination, will also dim its lights.