Dim for Jan
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On February 11, 2018, Broadway lost one of its brightest stars that ever graced the New York stage. Jan Maxwell passed away after a battle with leptomeningeal disease, a result of her breast cancer. She was 61. Despite her relatively young age, her career spanned three decades, and garnered her five Tony Award nominations (in every possible acting category), and one Drama Desk Award. All awards aside, Ms. Maxwell was known for her enormous talent, appropriateness of character, and was, as Ben Brantley of The New York Times is quoted as saying, "one of our most ingenious actresses".
Typically, when a star of this magnitude passes, it is the tradition for all of the Broadway theatres to dim the lights on their marquees for one minute at a designated time at the discretion of The Broadway League. Unfortunately The League has, for some incomprehensible reason, decided to forgo that honor for Ms. Maxwell, only dimming the lights of the Marquis Theatre on February 21, 2018, at 7:45pm. The Music Box Theatre and the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre have also generously joined in the dimming at that time.
This decision made by the League not only undermines Ms. Maxwell's career, but also the basic reason as to why the tradition takes place to begin with: to honor those individuals that have made substantial contributions to Broadway theatre at the time of their passing. If Ms. Maxwell has not made these contributions, then what is to say some of the past honorees (with less theatrical impact, but more household recognition) have?
Please sign this petition urging The Broadway League to reconsider, and give Jan Maxwell, a woman who devoted her life to the art form of live theatre, the send off she deserves!
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