Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre to be renamed in honor of Lena Horne

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway will be renamed The Lena Horne Theatre this fall, after the legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, the Nederlander Organization, which owns the theater, announced Thursday. 

The theater, located at 246 West 47th Street, is the first Broadway theater to be named in honor of a Black woman. Horne worked alongside Eleanor Roosevelt to enact anti-lynching legislation and reject racial segregation. 

The theater was originally named after Brooks Atkinson, a theater critic who worked at The New York Times from 1922 to 1960. 

“We are proud to take this moment to rename one of our theaters in honor of the great civil

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