Nothing could be better than naming a historic Broadway theater after you.
The Shubert Organization announced Wednesday that it will be naming Broadway’s Cort Theater after legendary actor James Earl JonesThe New York Times.
“He’s an icon — he really is one of America’s greatest actors, and that’s just a perfect fit,” Robert E. Wankel, executive director of the Shubert Organization, told the Times Broadway and the Artistic Community at Large, permeeting. The theater, currently closed for renovations, first opened in 1912.
“For me, standing in this very building sixty-four years ago at the beginning of my Broadway career, it would have been unimaginable that my name would be on the building today,” Jones said in a statement from the Shubert Organization. “Let my journey from then to now be an inspiration to all aspiring actors.”
Jones has won two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play during his stage career, which dates back to the 1950s. The first came in 1969 when he won for his role in The Great White Hope, and he received the award again in 1987 for his starring role in Fences of August Wilson. Jones also received a Tony for lifetime achievement in 2017.
In addition to winning three Tony Awards, Jones has also won a Grammy, two Emmys and an honorary Oscar. Jones’ long, diverse career should be viewed as a symbol of Black excellence and a motivation for all who would take up the challenge of following in his footsteps. Now, seeing his name in a Broadway theater should be motivation for everyone to do so.