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Broadway’s Lena Horne Theatre is Unveiled
November 3, 2022, 12:12.33 am ET


Lena Horne Theatre, Broadway, NYC 2022

On Tuesday November 1, The Nederlander Organization unveiled the new Lena Horne Theatre on Broadway in honor of the iconic entertainer and civil rights activist. The naming of the theater, formerly the Brooks Atkinson, marks the first time a Broadway theatre has been named for a Black woman.

Lena Horne Theatre, Broadway, Mayor Adams

Lena Horne Theatre, Broadway, Chita Rivera

Lena Horne Theatre, Broadway, Vanessa Williams

Lena Horne Theatre, Broadway, Leslie Uggams

Lena Horne Theatre, Broadway, LaChanze
Photos: Neederlander

Notable attendees, performers and speakers at the event included the Governor of NY Governor Kathy Hochul, NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Lena Horne’s granddaughterr Jenny Lumet and great grand-children Jake Cannavale and Sasha Weinstein, Audra McDonald, Amanda Green, André De Shields, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Kenny Leon, LaChanze, Leslie Uggams, Norm Lewis, Shoshanna Bean, Tamara Tunie, Vanessa Williams, Wendell Pierce, and more.

Horne received a special Tony Award in 1981 for her performance in her solo show, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.”