On Monday, September 12, The Shubert Organization officially dedicated and revealed the newly renamed James Earl Jones Theatre, formerly the Cort Theatre, in honor of the iconic multi-award-winning American actor. The dedication ceremony follows a $47 million restoration and expansion of the building. Take a look at the legendary performer seeing the theatre for the first time after it had been renovated and renamed in his honor
The official dedication ceremony welcomed VIP guests, included special performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Norm Lewis, along with remarks from The Shubert Organization President Robert Wankel and NYC Mayor Eric Adams as well as a first look reveal of the new marquee.
With the help of Francesca Russo Architect, over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shubert has performed extensive renovation and construction work on the theatre. A new contemporary annex, designed by Kostow Greenwood Architects, expands accessibility, increases public space, adds dressing rooms and rehearsal space, and enhances the beauty of the 110-year-old theatre.
As previously announced, another Broadway theatre will also receive a new name soon. The Nederlander Organization will rename the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after Lena Horne, marking the first time a Black woman will have a Broadway theatre named in her honor.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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