LENA HORNE TO BE HONOURED WITH A BROADWAY THEATRE

Jun 10, 2022

By Andy Johnson

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It’s a first for Broadway.

A theatre on the Great Way will be named after legendary chanteuse Lena Horne.

She’ll become the first Black woman to have a theatre named after her once the Brooks Atkinson Theatre is renamed.

Horne, died in 2010, at the age of 92 after a career that included acting and singing in nightclubs, Hollywood, television and onstage.  She appeared in five Broadway shows.

She was also a longtime civil rights activist and a frequent participant in protests and marches.

The Nederlander Organization, which operates nine of the 41 Broadway theatres, said the new name will go on The Atkinson, a 1,000 thousand seat venue that was built in 1926.

The name change is expected this fall.  The exact date hasn’t been established

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