On March 31, 2022, in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of James (Jimmy) M. Nederlander, Sr., The Nederlander Organization plans to dim the lights in all 15 theaters worldwide across NY, LA, Chicago, DC, and London in tribute to a great legend of theater and entertainment. Jimmy’s son, James L. Nederlander (President of The Nederlander Organization) is currently producing the new musical comedy, Mr. Saturday Night, starring Billy Crystal. The musical is currently in previews at the Nederlander Theatre and will officially open on April 27.
James M. Nederlander built The Nederlander Organization, one of the largest private live entertainment companies in the world that now encompasses venue ownership and management, theatrical producing and concert presentation, merchandising, concessions, and patron services.
He produced over one hundred of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals and plays of all time, including Annie, Applause, La Cage aux Folles, Me and My Girl, Nine, Noises Off, Peter Pan, Sweet Charity, The Will Rogers Follies, Woman of the Year, and many more.
Jimmy M. Nederlander’s name will be forever linked to some of the world’s most distinguished performing companies, whose work he produced and presented on Broadway including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed productions of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Cyrano, and Sherlock Holmes, Rudolf Nureyev and Friends, The Bolshoi Ballet, and the Virsky’s Ukrainian State Dance Company.
Jimmy was credited with developing the outdoor amphitheatre concept as the developer of premier venues including the New Jersey Garden State Arts Center, Pine Knob Music Theatre, the Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Pacific Amphitheatre, and as the decades-long operator of the Greek Theatre where he presented headline artists including Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Liza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra, among many others.
“Generous,” “loyal” and “trusted” are just a few of the accolades Jimmy’s numerous friends used to describe him-many of whom enjoyed a life-long personal and business relationship with Jimmy. In 1972, Jimmy and friends Earl Blackwell, Gerard Oestricher, and Arnold Weissberg founded the Theatre Hall of Fame, which is still housed in the lobby of the Gershwin Theatre. In 1973, he partnered with George Steinbrenner to purchase the New York Yankees.
Beloved by the industry, Jimmy was the recipient of many distinguished honors including the United Nations Foundation Champion Award (2012), The Broadway League’s Schoenfeld Vision for Arts Education Award (2011), the New York Pop’s Man of the Year (2008), the Tony Award Special Tony Award for Life Time Achievement (2004), The Actors’ Fund Medal of Honor (2002), United Jewish Appeal-New York Federations’ Bernard B. Jacobs Excellence in the Theatre Award (1997), and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located outside the Pantages Theatre at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. In 2009, The National High School Musical Theater Award was established and named The Jimmy to celebrate his career-long dedication to supporting young talent. Jimmy received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the Forty-third Commencement exercises at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine and Graduate School on Monday, May 12, 2014.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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