The name “Nederlander” has been synonymous with great entertainment since 1912. A show business dynasty began when David T. Nederlander, a smart young businessman living in Detroit Michigan, purchased a 99-year lease on the Detroit Opera House. In 1964, his son James M. Nederlander came to New York City and purchased the Palace Theatre on Broadway. His hard work, pioneering spirit and vision enabled him to build one of the largest privately held live entertainment companies in the world.
Now under the leadership of James L. Nederlander, The Nederlander Organization continues the tradition of operating historic theatres, producing and presenting the best in theatrical and concert events, and innovating new ways to engage future generations of theatergoers.
The Nederlander Organization has built a national network of theatres including nine Broadway venues in New York: the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Palace, Richard Rodgers, and Neil Simon Theatres. Outside of New York, their venues include: Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, James M. Nederlander Theatre, and The Broadway Playhouse (Chicago, IL); The Durham Performing Arts Center (Durham, NC); The Pantages and Greek Theatres (Los Angeles, CA); The Broadway Series at the Civic and Balboa Theatres (San Diego, CA); TCC Music Hall (Tucson, AZ); North Charleston Performing Arts Center (North Charleston, SC); The Grove (Anaheim, CA); The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts (San Jose, CA); and the Aldwych, Adelphi and Dominion Theatres (London, England).
For over five decades, The Nederlanders have been prolific producers of theatrical productions with over 100 Broadway and touring productions to their credit. The company has been instrumental in presenting many of Broadway’s most honored and successful shows most notably Annie, Copenhagen, La Cage aux Folles, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Noises Off, Peter Pan, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, West Side Story, The Color Purple, My Fair Lady, The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, The Undisputed Truth starring Mike Tyson directed by Spike Lee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and many others.
Beyond Broadway, Nederlander is acknowledged to be an innovator of the outdoor amphitheater concept as well as a presenter of thousands of concerts throughout the years featuring a wide array of world renown artists ranging from Adele, Jimmy Buffet, Florence & The Machine, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Police and U2 to international cultural attractions such as Rudolf Nureyev, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moiseyev Ballet, the D’Oyly-Carte Opera, the Georgian State Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico, and the Peking Opera, as well as national symphony concerts.
The Nederlanders are industry leaders and generous supporters of arts organizations and social causes for which they have received countless honors. In 2009, the Nederlanders launched the annual National High School Musical Awards, named “The Jimmy Award,” to celebrate outstanding student performances in high school musical productions across the United States. Jimmy Award winners have gone on to star in Broadway productions and national tours of Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen, Miss Saigon, SpongeBob SquarePants, Beautiful, The Book of Mormon, and Les Miserables among others.
In 2011, the Nederlander Organization launched Broadway Direct, a brand dedicated to helping patrons across the country stay connected to every show on Broadway. Broadway Direct brings the latest on Broadway news, behind-the-scenes stories, backstage videos, and expert tips to find your next show. Broadway Direct has since become a major online destination for all things Broadway: ticketing, news, behind-the-scenes access, in-depth interviews, venue information, NYC guides, and more.
Now in its third generation, the Nederlander Organization continues its tradition of presenting the very best in live entertainment, leading the theatrical industry, optimizing the patron experience, and engaging new audiences.