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Broadway bust-up over Joan Rivers' tribute

By Staff Reporter

Joan Rivers' death will be marked by the dimming of lights on Broadway - but only some of them.

The Broadway League, which represents theatre owners and producers, said on Monday that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honour.

Several theatre owners said they would turn off their lights anyway.

Rivers, who died last week aged 81, was known primarily as a TV actress and comedian, though she often attended Broadway and off-Broadway shows and earned a Tony Award nomination.

An online petition by theatre producer Tom D'Angora asking the league to reverse its decision had reached 5,000 signatures yesterday, less than 24 hours after it was put up.

"I can't believe we can be denied the last chance to show respect and thank her," he said.

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