Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Steve Kazee and More Stars of Broadway Rally on Twitter to #Dim4Joan

News   Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Steve Kazee and More Stars of Broadway Rally on Twitter to #Dim4Joan
 
When executives at the Broadway League, the trade organization representing Broadway theatre owners and producers, stated that they would not dim the lights of Broadway theatres in memory of late Tony Award nominee Joan Rivers, members of the theatre community took to Twitter.

Twitter account Annoying Actor Friend (@Actor_Friend), who provides a satirical look at what it's like to survive as a working New York actor — and is followed by numerous members of the Broadway community — was among the first to react on the social media platform.

The account tweeted Sept. 8, "If you think ‪@TheBwayLeague should reconsider their decision not to dim the lights for Joan Rivers, tweet to them with ‪#Dim4Joan."

Soon thereafter, Broadway stars including six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Once Tony winner Steve Kazee, Tony nominee and Les Miz star Keala Settle and many more followed suit and tweeted to #Dim4Joan.

Since then, The Helen Hayes Theatre (home to Rivers' Sally Marr...and Her Escorts), Jujamcyn Theaters' five Broadway houses and Disney Theatrical Productions' flagship venue, The New Amsterdam Theatre, have agreed to independently dim their lights Sept. 9.

Read "Can We Talk?": 12 Reasons Why Joan Rivers Was a Broadway Baby. Following the news, a petition was created asking the League to reverse its decision. 

Read Playbill.com's obituary for Rivers here.

Click through for tweets from members of the Broadway community.

Annoying Actor Friend:

Audra McDonald:

Donna Murphy:

Cyndi Lauper:

Daryl Roth:

Keala Settle:

Nick Adams:

Scott Alan:

Ellyn Marsh:

Steve Kazee:

Krysta Rodriguez:

Steve Rosen:

Judy Gold:

Jared Gertner:

Josh Lamon:

Jackie Hoffman:

Bonnie Milligan:

Katz PR, the company that represented Rivers:

Harvey Fierstein:

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