Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre Will Be Renamed for Lena Horne

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Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre Will Be Renamed for Lena Horne

The late, groundbreaking phase and display star received a 1981 Specific Tony for Lena Horne: The Girl and Her Audio.

Lena Horne
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Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, currently house to the Tony-nominated 6: The Musical, will be renamed in honor of the late phase and monitor star and activist Lena Horne. The renaming will mark the to start with time a Broadway theatre has been named for a Black woman.

The Nederlander Corporation owns the Brooks Atkinson, a person of its nine Broadway theatres. Developed in 1926, the venue was renamed for the late, longtime New York Periods theatre critic Atkinson in 1960.

The future title change follows an agreement between Black Theater United and Broadway’s 3 major landlords, who just about every agreed to rename at minimum one particular of its Broadway homes for a Black artist. The Shubert Organization formerly announced that its Cort Theatre would be renamed for James Earl Jones, while Jujamcyn has a location named for the late, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson.

Nederlander Firm President James L. Nederlander, whose father, James M. Nederlander, produced Horne’s Tony-winning Broadway display, claimed, “We are very pleased to acquire this second to rename one particular of our theatres in honor of the excellent civil legal rights activist, actress, and entertainer Lena Horne…I am so honored to have identified Lena. She turned a component of our spouse and children about the several years. It signifies so a great deal to me that my father was the producer of Lena Horne: The Woman and Her Music, and it is my privilege, honor, and obligation to memorialize Lena for generations to come.”

Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena’s daughter, and the Horne Relatives added, “On February 13, 1939, Brooks Atkinson wrote a overview of the musical Blackbirds of 1939 for the New York Times. His evaluate was normally unfavorable apart from for the point out of ‘a radiantly gorgeous lady, Lena Horne, who will be a winner after she has appropriate direction.’ The correct route arrived from inside of Lena herself. She sought an inventive education, and a political education. She sought her individual voice, observed it, and then fought for the proper that was always denied her – the appropriate to explain to her personal story. In 1981, James M. Nederlander available her their stage and Lena’s a single female demonstrate, The Woman and her New music ran for extra than a calendar year. 366 performances, in 3 nations. It was her fullest expression as an artist and storyteller. We are grateful to the Nederlander Group for rechristening this space to the Lena Horne Theater. We hope artists and audiences alike will tell their have stories below.”

Ms. Horne, the singer and actor who broke down colour barriers by starting to be 1 of Hollywood’s to start with African-American feminine stars, passed away in 2010 at the age of 92.

Ms. Horne had been nominated for a Tony Award for the hit 1957 Harold Arlen musical Jamaica, but when she burst back again onto the scene as the star of her have a person-woman show, Lena Horne: The Girl and Her Audio, in 1981, it was as if the public was discovering her anew. Initially, the Nederlander Group, Michael Frazier, and Fred Walker had booked her for four months into the Nederlander Theatre, but critics hailed her talents and the present in the long run ran for 14 months and won a Tony Award. The manufacturing was filmed for television broadcast and household video launch. A tour commenced at Tanglewood for the duration of the July 4 weekend in 1982, and performed 41 towns in the U.S. and Canada. It also played in London for a month in August, and ended its operate in Stockholm, Sweden, September 14, 1984. Additionally, the forged album received a Grammy Award.

Ms. Horne’s other Broadway credits incorporated Dance With Your Gods, Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1939, and Tony & Lena Sing.

The Nederlander Group will host an celebration this slide for the renaming ceremony. An official date will be announced in the coming months.

About the renaming, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stated, “I am overjoyed that the Nederlander Business is honoring Lena Horne’s effective legacy by renaming a theatre in her honor. Illustration is every little thing. A Black woman staying identified and memorialized in this way is highly effective. Lena Horne was a female of fierce talent, unbelievable toughness, and profound conviction. With the utmost grace, she broke down boundaries. Further than her indelible do the job on phase and display, she was a civil legal rights activist who proceeds to encourage several of us these days. Freshly christened with her title, the Lena Horne Theater will affirm that Black females and women are viewed we are read, we BELONG and when we stand in her theatre, we will stand even taller on her mighty shoulders and her enduring legacy. This is certainly a historic working day.”

“Lena Horne devoted her everyday living to theatre and the amusement market for 7 many years,” added Tony winner and current Tony nominee LaChanze. “She was a pioneer. A trailblazer. An inspiration to so many of us who stand on her shoulders to this day. She was an outspoken advocate for civil legal rights, working with her system to speak up for equality. And in the time of the global demand for inclusivity, I am deeply grateful that the Nederlander group has dedicated to staying a element of this movement by renaming just one of their theater’s honoring the everyday living and legacy of Lena Horne.”


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