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The Cort Theatre, which has been around for 110 years, will soon be known as the James Earl Jones Theatre, according to a recent announcement made by the Shubert Organization.
According to a news report which was submitted to The Root, the official determination and premiering will take place on September 12.
It is a component of a larger memorandum of understanding in both Black Theater United (which was established by Audra McDonald and Billy Porter) as well as a fair number of some property owners which have decided that “at least one of their theaters named after a Black artist, among other actions that seek to reassert their collective commitment to diversity and anti-racism.”
This settlement was reached as a result of Black Theater United’s impassioned pleas to arrange a mutually beneficial deal. In addition, there shall be spectacular events, visits to the newly restored theater, and the presentation of the brand new pavilion during the commemorative ceremony.
Jones’ first performance on Broadway during the year 1957. Over the course of Jones’ profession, his outstanding acting abilities in the theater, on television, and in films earned him a number of accolades and prizes, including seven Drama Desk Awards, the National Medal of Arts, as well as the Kennedy Center Honor.
In addition to this, he is one of only a select few well-known performers to have achieved the prestigious EGOT rank and file.