b. c.1922, Detroit, Michigan, USA. One of five sons of David T. Nederlander (b. 1886, d. 1967), who operated a theatre in Detroit, Michigan, which is where he began gaining extensive administrative and production experience. In time, he became head of the Nederlander Organization, remaining a major force in American theatre. The organization staged hundreds of shows and expanded its ownership of theatres, which had begun in the early 60s when Nederlander acquired New York’s Palace Theatre. In the early 00s, and now Chairman Emeritus of the organization, Nederlander remained a vital figure while day-to-day running was in other hands, notably those of his son, James L. ‘Jimmy’ Nederlander. Others involved at one time or another with the organization include brothers Joseph Z., Robert E., Harry J. and Fred, as well as Arthur Rubin. Almost all of the shows staged through the decades by the Nederlander Organization have been put on at theatres either owned or operated by the company, which is one of the largest of its kind the world has seen.
The shows staged by Nederlander on Broadway include musicals, plays with music, revues, straight dramas, specials, and concerts. In the last two decades of the twentieth century alone, and considering only original musicals (there were scores of revivals), these would include, in the 80s, Woman Of The Year (1981), A Doll’s Life (1982), Merlin, Dance A Little Closer, andMarilyn (all 1983), Grind (1985), Teddy & Alice (1987), The Gospel At Colonus andLegs Diamond (both 1988), Black And Blue andDangerous Games (both 1989). In the 90s, some of the original musicals presented by the organization were Shogun, The Musical (1990), The Will Rogers Follies and Nick And Nora (both 1991), Metro (1992), The Goodbye Girl andCyrano: The Musical (both 1993), Beauty And The Beast (1994), Victor/Victoria (1995), Rent (1996), Play On!, Titanic, Steel Pier, Side Show, and The Scarlet Pimpernel (all 1997), The Capeman and Footloose (both 1998). Among original musical productions of the early 00s are Aida, Seussical, and Jane Eyre (all 2000), The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (2001), Hairspray, Movin’ Out, and Dance Of The Vampires (all 2002), The Look Of Love andWicked (both 2003), All Shook Up, The Blonde In The Thunderbird and The Woman In White(all 2005).