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48th Street, home to ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Lempicka,’ is renamed ‘Chavkin Way’ in honor of director Rachel Chavkin

The new musicals are housed in venues facing each other on 48th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

(Center) Rachel Chavkin with the Broadway casts of “Hadestown” (left) and “Lempicka” (right) on 48th Street (Credit: Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

In commemoration of the new musical “Lempickabeginning performances and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Hadestownreaching five years on Broadway, the city of New York has renamed 48th Street — where both shows are playing — “Chavkin Way,” to honor both productions’ Tony Award-winning director, Rachel Chavkin.

An unveiling ceremony was held on 48th Street in front of the Longacre Theatre, home to “Lempicka,” on March 20. Just across the street is the Walter Kerr Theatre, which the musical “Hadestown” has called home since beginning previews on March 22, 2019.

Chavkin made her Broadway debut in 2016 as director of Dave Malloy’s musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” which marked her first Tony nomination as Best Director of a Musical. Chavkin won her Tony in 2019 as director of “Hadestown.” In 2023, she directed Larissa Fasthorse’s comedy “The Thanksgiving Play” on Broadway.

“Lempicka,” which features a book by Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould, music by Gould and lyrics by Kreitzer, began previews on March 19 and will officially open on April 14. “Hadestown,” fully penned by Anaïs Mitchell, opened on April 17, 2019.