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Jake Gyllenhaal helps open a new Broadway theater

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/8/2017 By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
Jake Gyllenhaal participates in Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George" media day and Hudson Theatre grand re-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jake Gyllenhaal participates in Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George" media day and Hudson Theatre grand re-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway has welcomed a new theater with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Annaleigh Ashford participate in Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George" media day and Hudson Theatre grand re-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Annaleigh Ashford participate in Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George" media day and Hudson Theatre grand re-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The "Brokeback Mountain" and "Nightcrawler" star was on hand Wednesday to reopen the Hudson Theatre with "Sunday in the Park with George," the venue's first theatrical production in nearly 50 years.

Annaleigh Ashford, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal participate in Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George" media day and Hudson Theatre grand re-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Annaleigh Ashford, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal participate in Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George" media day and Hudson Theatre grand re-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

"I can't stress enough how important it is to have joy in this world and that's what this space is and that's what this show is all about. It's all about love and joy so I hope people will come and experience that with us."

Opened in 1903 — a week before the New Amsterdam Theatre — the Hudson becomes both Broadway's oldest theater and its newest. It's the first new Broadway theater in almost 20 years and becomes the 41st such venue.

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