James M. Nederlander
James M. Nederlander (March 31, 1922 – July 25, 2016) was an American theatrical producer who served as chairman of the Nederlander Organization, one of the largest operators of live theaters and music venues in the United States. He was a 10-time Tony Award winner and was nominated for 37 Tony Awards.
James M. Nederlander
|Died||July 25, 2016 (aged 94)|
New York City, US
|Occupation||Live theater owner and operator|
|Known for||Chairman of the Nederlander Organization|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Smith (divorced)|
|Children||James L. Nederlander (with Barbara)|
|Family||Robert Nederlander (brother)|
Joseph Z. Nederlander (brother)
|Drama Desk Awards||7||20|
Early life and educationEdit
Nederlander was born in Detroit, one of six children of Sarah (née Applebaum) and David T. "D.T." Nederlander. His father bought his first live theater in 1905, the Fisher Theater in Detroit (which is still owned by the family) and founded the family company, the Nederlander Organization. He has four brothers: Harry, Robert, Fred, and Joseph; and one sister, Frances.
Jimmy was the first of the brothers to go into the family business. He dropped out of the pre-law program at the Detroit Institute of Technology, took a job in the box office of the Lafayette Theater, and then worked as the treasurer in the traveling Air Force production of Moss Hart's Winged Victory which played on Broadway where he made valuable connections. After his father's death in the 1960s, the Nederlander brothers continued to purchase theaters expanding nationally with Jimmy moving to New York City, Harry to San Francisco, and Joey remaining in Detroit. Their largest rivals were the Shubert family, the founders of Broadway theatre district in New York City. From 1965 to 1985, Jimmy purchased ten theaters in New York City and produced hundreds of plays forming close relationships with producers David Merrick, Alexander H. Cohen, and Emanuel Azenberg. In 1973, Nederlander and his brothers joined with George Steinbrenner as limited partners when Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.
The Nederlander Organization controls nine Broadway theaters and is the second largest owner, of the three companies that dominate Broadway after the Shubert Organization (which owns sixteen theaters) and ahead of Jujamcyn (which owns five). The Nederlander Organization owns a larger number of theater houses than the others with an additional fifteen theaters nationwide. They are the only one of the three that is still run by its owners.
Broadway in Chicago announced on November 13, 2018, that the Oriental Theater was to be renamed in honor of James, the founder of Broadway In Chicago. On February 8, 2019 the venue unveiled its newly renovated marquee, vertical blade sign and signage as the James M. Nederlander Theatre.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1977||Otherwise Engaged||Producer||Best Play||Nominated|
|1979||Whose Life Is It Anyway?||Producer||Best Play||Nominated|
|1980||West Side Story||Producer||Best Revival||Nominated|
|1981||Woman of the Year||Producer||Best Musical||Nominated|
|1982||The Dresser||Producer||Best Play||Nominated|
|1982||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Producer||Best Play||Won|
|1984||Noises Off||Producer||Best Play||Nominated|
|1984||La Cage aux Folles||Producer||Best Musical||Won|
|1985||Strange Interlude||Producer||Best Revival||Nominated|
|1985||Cyrano de Bergerac||Producer||Best Revival||Nominated|
|1985||Much Ado About Nothing||Producer||Best Revival||Nominated|
|1986||Sweet Charity||Producer||Best Revival||Won|
|1986||The Iceman Cometh||Producer||Best Revival||Nominated|
|1987||Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Producer||Best Play||Nominated|
|1987||Me and My Girl||Producer||Best Musical||Nominated|
|1989||Cafe Crown||Producer||Best Revival||Nominated|
|1991||Peter Pan||Producer||Best Revival||Nominated|
|1991||The Will Rogers Follies||Producer||Best Musical||Won|
|1993||The Goodbye Girl||Producer||Best Musical||Nominated|
|1994||She Loves Me||Producer||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|1995||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||Producer||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|1996||The King and I||Producer||Best Revival of a Musical||Won|
|1998||A View From the Bridge||Producer||Best Revival of a Play||Won|
|1998||1776||Producer||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|1999||Peter Pan||Producer||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|2002||Private Lives||Producer||Best Revival of a Play||Won|
|2004||Special Tony Award||Recipient||Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre||Won|
|2013||Annie||Producer||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|2016||Fiddler on the Roof||Producer||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|2016||School of Rock||Producer||Best Musical||Nominated|
Drama Desk AwardsEdit
|1975||London Assurance||Producer||Unique Theatrical Experience||Won|
|1977||Otherwise Engaged||Producer||Outstanding New Play (Foreign)||Won|
|1980||Night and Day||Producer||Outstanding New Play||Nominated|
|1981||Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music||Producer||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
|1984||Noises Off||Producer||Outstanding New Play||Nominated|
|1984||La Cage aux Folles||Producer||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
|1985||Aren't We All?||Producer||Outstanding Revival||Nominated|
|1986||The Iceman Cometh||Producer||Outstanding Revival||Nominated|
|1986||Benefactors||Producer||Outstanding New Play||Nominated|
|[1987||Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Producer||Outstanding New Play||Nominated|
|1987||Me and My Girl||Producer||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
|1991||The Will Rogers Follies||Producer||Outstanding Musical||Won|
|1995||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||Producer||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
|1996||The King and I||Producer||Outstanding Revival of a Musical||Won|
|2000||Copenhagen||Producer||Outstanding New Play||Won|
|2002||Private Lives||Producer||Outstanding Revival of a Play||Won|
|2003||Medea||Producer||Outstanding Revival of a Play||Nominated|
|2016||Fiddler on the Roof||Producer||Outstanding Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|2016||School of Rock||Producer||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
- McG. Thomas Jr., Robert (August 16, 1990). "From Broadway to the Bronx; Robert Nederlander Brings Low-Key Management Style to the Yankees — New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- Nederlander Organization: Our Team - James M. Nederlander retrieved August 4, 2013
- New York Magazine: "Jimmy Nederlander's Endless Run" By Eric Konigsberg retrieved August 3, 2013
- "James M. Nederlander Biography (1922-)". www.filmreference.com/. filmreference. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "James M. Nederlander dies at 94". NY Post. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- "James M. Nederlander Awards". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
- Kennedy, Mark (26 July 2016). "James M. Nederlander, theater impresario, dies at 94". Washington Post.
- New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths NEDERLANDER, BARBARA S" September 13, 2010
- Legacy.com copy of New York Times obituary September 13, 2010 retrieved August 7, 2013
- South Florida South Florida Real Estate News: "South Florida Real Estate News: "Theater owner-producer buys Palm Beach 4BD for $5.5M" by Ross Franco March 8, 2007
- Di Nunzio, Miriam (February 5, 2019). "Chicago's Oriental Theatre marquee is history: PHOTOS". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2019-02-20.