Lena Horne is the First Black Woman to Have Broadway Theater Named After Her

0 Posted by - June 11, 2022 - BLACK MUSIC, IN THE NEWS, LATEST POSTS

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Nancy Kaye for the Associated Press

Lena Horne, the legendary actress, and singer of “Cabin In The Sky,” has been chosen as the first Black woman in
U.S. history to have a theater named in her honor.

The Broadway Brooks Atkinson Theatre will be renamed after the iconic musician and staunch civil rights advocate on June 11, 2022, according to the Nederlander Organization. This entity manages historic theaters and creates innovative theatrical and musical events.

Owners and operators of 39 commerce-based and nonprofit Broadway theaters, as well as the Broadway League in concert with the Actors’ Equity Association, collectively made a symbolic gesture – in order to inspire ethnic diversity and cultural inclusion in the white male-dominated live stage play and musical business.

Horne was well-received at the Nederlander Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, in 1980. She presented her own musical titled, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. She also appeared in the musical.

The performer won a Tony Award and two Grammy Awards for her exceptional stage presence. In 1989, she was also honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The National Trustees of the Recording Academy voted to grant this honor. It is given to those in the entertainment industry who made significant cultural advancements.

Lena Horne reigned supreme throughout the course of her career, which spanned for decades in U.S. history.


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