A landmark theatre in northwest Washington [DC] that helped launched the careers of stars like Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Ella Fitzgerald, among others, is reopening to the public. Smokey Robinson, Savion Glover and Madeleine Peyroux performed, along with Chaka Khan, Boyz II Men and others. Many other celebrities took part in the festivities or were in attendance such as Bill Cosby, Motown records founder Berry Gordy, comedian Dick Gregory, actress and singer Leslie Uggams, and Dionne Warwick. Fifty years ago, Dionne Warwick performed her first album, “Don’t Make Me Over,” at the Howard. She said it has taken too long to bring the cherished venue back.
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