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A Broadway Theater Will Be Re-Named in Honor of James Earl Jones

The 110-year-old Cort Theatre in New York is being renamed by the Shubert Organization to honor the legend of stage and screen.

Jones performs alongside Phylicia Rashad in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Jones performs alongside Phylicia Rashad in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Photographer: Joan Marcus

James Earl Jones, whose name instantly evokes the sound of his grand, bellowing voice, will have his moniker permanently shining  in lights above the Cort Theatre in New York, which is being renamed in his honor, according to the Shubert Organization.

The award-winning actor is no stranger to the venue and management group; he performed in 14 shows at Shubert theaters, including two at the Cort. The 110-year-old performance hall will be officially called “The James Earl Jones Theatre” later this summer.  The 91-year-old said in a statement that as he reflects on his lifetime in entertainment, “It would have been inconceivable that my name would be on the building today.”