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Broadway Welcomes the James Earl Jones Theatre
September 13, 2022, 12:30.00 am ET


Broadway Welcomes the James Earl Jones Theatre

The Shubert Organization, Inc has officially renamed the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) as the James Earl Jones Theatre in honor of the multi-award-winning American actor. A formal dedication ceremony was held on September 12, featuring performances by Norm Lewis and Brian Stokes Mitchell and appearances by actors Samuel Jackson and Latanya Richardson Jackson and Mayor Eric Adams.

At a cost of $47 million, the theater has undergone historic refurbishments, including a rehabilitation of its historic landmark’s façade, as well as the creation of a new, modern annex to compliment the historic theater. The new space, designed by Kostow Greenwood Architects, is fully accessible and features lounges and new restrooms for theatre patrons, as well as a rehearsal spaces and offices for theatre staff. The dressing room tower has also been relocated to the annex, allowing for the expansion of the stage-left wing and an upgrade of the rigging system.

Broadway Welcomes the James Earl Jones Theatre

Jones has won the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Awards, and three Tony Awards, including Best Actor in a Play for “The Great White Hope: and “Fences,” as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

The James Earl Jones Theatre’s first production will be Adrienne Kennedy’s “The Ohio State Murders,” starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. Performances begin on November 11.