The Broadway League decides not to dim the lights in a tribute to Rivers. Executive director Charlotte St. Martin explains the League’s decision not to honor Rivers with the tradition of dimming the lights on Broadway theater marquees:
Under our criteria people need to have been very active recently in the theater, or else be synonymous with Broadway — people who made their careers here, or kept it up. 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… When you say Joan Rivers, you don’t think comedy, television and Broadway. You think comedy and television. It’s certainly nothing against her.