In the end, Broadway's leaders saw the light — and decided to dim it in honor of Joan Rivers.
The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, reversed itself Tuesday and chose to get Broadway's theaters to dim their lights to honor the iconic Rivers.
The league had said Monday that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honor, triggering a controversy when several theater owners said they would turn off their marquee lights Tuesday anyway. An online petition was launched and several celebrities came out in favor of granting the honor.
The league changed course Tuesday afternoon, saying the lights would dim at 6:45 p.m. for one minute.
“Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her,” Charlotte St. Martin, the league's executive director, said 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 theaters in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight.”
Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, was known primarily as a TV actress and comedian, though she was seen as a champion of Broadway and off-Broadway shows and once earned a Tony Award nomination.
Festival cancels CeeLo
A music festival in Mobile, Alabama, is canceling an appearance by singer CeeLo Green following his online comments about sexual assault.
Mobile Bayfest CEO Bobby Bostwick issued a statement Monday saying Green's performance set for Oct. 4 is being called off. The statement says recent comments attributed to Green conflict with the beliefs and conscience of the music festival.
Green recently pleaded no contest to a felony charge of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.
After the plea, the former Voice coach posted a series of tweets, including one that read: “Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Green later tweeted an apology.
Two other concerts have dropped Green, and TBS is canceling the second season of Green's reality show.
Arnold’s body of work
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official state seal.
Schwarzenegger unveiled the portrait at a ceremony in the state Capitol in which he made a rare appearance in Sacramento nearly four years after he left office.
The oversized portrait of a youthful Schwarzenegger, which will eventually hang on the third floor, was painted by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, a realist who previously illustrated Andy Warhol and John F. Kennedy.
Schwarzenegger, a movie star before he ran for governor in the chaotic recall election of 2003, said he owes all his successes in life to California, which he called a mythical place "where nothing is impossible." As a boy growing up in Austria, he dreamed about the state, he said.
"I dreamt about California every day, and I knew that one day I would have to come here to this beautiful state if I wanted to make my dreams a reality," he said.
Schwarzenegger said that while he always dreamed big, he never envisioned his portrait hanging in the state Capitol, joking “I might have envisioned a sculpture on Muscle Beach.”