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. Over the next five decades, David and his sons, James M., Robert, Harry, Joseph and Fred, built and/or managed theatres, produced dozens of live shows and presented hundreds of the top headliners of the day—establishing Detroit as the most successful theatre-town in America.
In 1964, James M. Nederlander moved 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 today.
Now over 100 years later, The Nederlander Organization, led by James L. Nederlander, President, continues the tradition of operating historic theatre, as well as producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert events.
The Nederlander Organization is a company prominent for three generations in the ownership of theatres and the production of distinguished theatrical and concert presentations. Founded in 1912 by David T. Nederlander in Detroit, Michigan, the company is one of the largest and most experienced managers of legitimate venues and entertainment properties in America today.
Under the leadership of Chairman James M. Nederlander, and President James L. Nederlander, the Nederlanders have built a national network of theatres including nine Broadway venues in New York: the Brooks Atkinson, Lunt-Fontanne, Gershwin, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Palace, Richard Rodgers and Neil Simon Theatres. Outside of New York, their venues include: The Bank of America Theatre, Ford Center/Oriental, Auditorium, Cadillac Palace 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 three 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, Benefactors, Chicago, Copenhagen, La Cage aux Folles, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Legally Blonde, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, Me and My Girl, Movin’ Out, Next to Normal, Noises Off, Peter Pan, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, West Side Story, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf and many others. The company’s current shows include Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark, the revival of Evita starring Ricky Martin,Annie and Lewis Black: Running on Empty.
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 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.
James M. and James L. Nederlander are industry leaders and generous supporters of arts organizations and social causes for which they have received countless honors. In 2009, the Nederlanders established The National High School Musical Award, named “The Jimmy Award,” to celebrate outstanding student performances in high school musical productions across the United States.