|Founded by David T. Nederlander, the Nederlander
Organization began in 1912 with the purchase of a 99-year lease on the
old Detroit Opera House. Now into their third generation of theatre
development, ownership, management and production, the Nederlander Organization
is one of the largest, most experienced operators of live theatre.
Generally credited with creating the outdoor amphitheater concept as
it is known today, the Nederlanders developed a unique ability to maintain
a variety booking approach that responded to varied community interests.
Under the guidance of its Chairman, James M. Nederlander and its President, James L. Nederlander, these policies
have included a significant effort to produce and present cultural attractions
such as the Bolshoi Ballet, The Moiseyev Ballet, The D'oyly-Carte Opera,
The Georgian State Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico, The Peking Opera
and local symphonies.
The popular music attractions presented by Nederlander have included
virtually every star from Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand and others
to pop stars such as Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon,
Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, U2 and many more. Amongst the many outdoor amphitheaters and arenas currently operated by
Nederlander, are the 5,900-seat Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Santa
Barbara Bowl, the City National Grove of Anaheim, the RIMAC Arena in San
Diego, and the San Jose Civic Auditorium.
The legitimate theatres owned and/or operated by Nederlander presenting
dramatic plays, comedies, musicals and dance include in New York on
Broadway: the Brooks Atkinson, Lunt- Fontanne, Gershwin, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander,
Palace, Richard Rodgers and Neil Simon Theatres; Detroit: the Fisher
and Masonic Temple Theatres; Los Angeles: the Pantages and Wilshire
Theatres; in Chicago: the Shubert, Ford Center/Oriental, Auditorium
and Cadillac Palace-LaSalle Bank Theatres; San Diego: The Broadway Series
at the Civic Theatre; Tucson:
TCC Music Hall; Charleston, SC: North Charleston
PAC; Anaheim: The Grove; and in London, England: the Aldwych, Adelphi
and Dominion Theatres.
In addition to producing and/or booking major musicals such as The
Times They are A-Changin', Movin' Out, The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Woman in White, Harvey
Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Wicked, Rent, Copenhagen, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Riverdance, Chicago, Will Rogers Follies, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aida in the legitimate theatres, the Nederlanders have also produced, co-produced
or participated in a very substantial number of shows over the years
which include the Broadway productions with the Houston Grand Opera
Company of Porgy and Bess and Hello Dolly; the Royal
Shakespeare Company productions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Sherlock Holmes, Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing; as well
as Me and My Girl, Annie, La Cage aux Folles, Death and the Maiden, Shadowlands, Benefactors, Noises Off, Applause, Seesaw, The Scarlet
Pimpernel, Treemonisha, Habeas Corpus, Otherwise
Engaged, Betrayal, Woman of the Year, Lena Horne:
The Lady and Her Music; The Dresser, Nine, Merlin, Night and Day, My Fat Friend, Stepping Out, Legs
Diamond and Breaking the Code.
They have also been involved as investors and/or co-producers in the
following productions, revivals and touring companies: The Color
Purple, Sweet Charity, Sugar Babies, Grand Hotel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ
Superstar, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, Oklahoma, Strange Interlude, The Red Shoes, Aren't We All?, Singin' in the Rain, Orpheus Descending, Peter Pan, The Music Man (including the 2000 production), Hello Dolly starring Carol Channing, The King and I starring Yul Brenner/Lou
Diamond Phillips, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady starring
Rex Harrison, I Do! I Do!, The Sound of Music, South
Pacific starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel, Barnum starring
Jim Dale, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sophisticated
Ladies, Dancin', Showboat, Camelot starring
Richard Burton/Richard Harris, Fiddler on the Roof, Man
of La Mancha starring Richard Kiley, On A Clear Day, Whose
Life is it Anyway?, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Flamenco Puro, Starlight Express and Can Can!