One of the greatest actors of all time is having a Broadway theater renamed in his honor.
It was announced Wednesday that The Shubert Organization is renaming the 110-year-old Cort Theatre as the James Earl Jones Theatre. The name change is meant to signify the Jones’ contributions to Broadway and the artistic community.
James Earl Jones is known for his roles in films such as The Great White Hope, Star Wars and The Lion King. Jones starred in countless stage and screen productions (including twenty-one Broadway shows), including fourteen Broadway shows at Shubert theatres.
“The Shubert Organization is so incredibly honored to put James—an icon in the theatre community, theBlack community, and the American community—forever in Broadway’s lights,” said Robert E. Wankel, Shubert CEO and board chair, in a statement received by S&A. “That James deserves to have his name immortalized on Broadway is without question.”
Jones an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner, and his Mr. Jones’s Tony awards include Best Actor in a Play for The Great White Hope (1969) and Fences (1987), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He has additionally won seven Drama Desk Awards and has been awarded the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor.
“For me standing in this very building sixty-four years ago at the start of my Broadway career, it would have been inconceivable that my name would be on the building today,” said Mr. Jones of Shubert’s decision to rename the Cort Theatre in his honor. “Let my journey from then to now be an inspiration for all aspiring actors.”