Actor John Cullum Watches as Off-Broadway Theatre Is Renamed After Him (Photos)

News   Actor John Cullum Watches as Off-Broadway Theatre Is Renamed After Him (Photos) Two-time Tony-winning actor John Cullum watched Oct. 16 as officials from the American Theatre of Actors renamed the 140-seat Chernuchin Theatre after him.
The Araca Group’s Michael Rego, Matthew Rego and John Cullum at the naming of The John Cullum Theatre
The Araca Group’s Michael Rego, Matthew Rego and John Cullum at the naming of The John Cullum Theatre Photo by Lyn Hughes 2015.

The new John Cullum Theatre is one of four performing spaces housed at the Off-Broadway American Theatre of Actors complex (314 West 54th Street, near Eighth Avenue in New York).

On Broadway, Cullum created the role of Oscar Jaffe in On the 20th Century and lead roles in Shenandoah, Urinetown, The Scottsboro Boys and other shows, and played Sir Dinadan in the original cast of Camelot. He's also known for creating the role of Holling the bartender in TV's "Northern Exposure." His most recent Broadway performance was in spring 2014 in Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina. He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Michael Rego, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Greg Kotis, John Cullum, Mark Hollman, Matthew Rego and James Jennings
Michael Rego, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Greg Kotis, John Cullum, Mark Hollman, Matthew Rego and James Jennings Photo by Lyn Hughes 2015.

Broadway producers The Araca Group and ATA artistic director James Jennings decided on the renaming.

The theatre was home to the original May 2001 engagement of Urinetown before it moved to Broadway that fall. In that space Cullum created his performance as the ruthless Caldwell B. Cladwell and for which he later received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. A revival of Urinetown is playing there now. The renaming ceremony took place after the Oct. 16 evening's performance.

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