Lena Horne turns into first Black girl to have a Broadway theater named after her


A theater on Broadway has been formally renamed in honor of the late actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne.

Horne is the primary Black girl to have a theater named in her honor.

The theater, on West forty seventh St., was in-built 1926 and was initially named the Mansfield Theatre. In 1960, it was renamed the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in honor of the late New York Instances drama critic.

The theater has the unique chandelier hanging inside after it was refurbished in 2000. It seats 1,069 and is one among The Nederlander Group’s 9 Broadway theatres.

An official celebration occurred outdoors the theater on Nov. 1. The musical “Six,” is at the moment taking part in on the theater.

Horne, who gained a number of Tony and Grammy awards, was a trailblazing entertainer. She died in 2010.

Horne additionally starred in motion pictures and on tv. She received her begin on the famed Cotton Membership in Harlem when she was a young person.

In September, the Shubert Group re-christened a Broadway theater to honor actor James Earl Jones.