Nederlanders' commitment to the industry is reflected in part by its dedication to promoting the theatre to new audiences through the annual presentation of The National High School Musical Theater Awards, named the Jimmy® Award after James M. Nederlander, to celebrate outstanding student performances in high school musical productions across the United States. The program was recently the subject of a 3-hour PBS-produced documentary special entitled "Broadway or Bust," the first-ever television series to capture the behind-the-scenes coaching, grueling rehearsal schedule and highly charged atmosphere leading up to the presentation of this coveted annual award, live on a Broadway stage. Since its inception in 2009, over 50,000 students annually have participated in the NHSMTA at their local high school and nearly $500,000 in college scholarships has been provided to deserving students.
Nederlander's 100th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the 2012-2013 season at their theatres across the country with special promotions and local events. Visit www.nederlander.com to find out more information on centennial themed events and special offers.
About The Company: 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 when David T. Nederlander purchased a 99-year lease on the old Detroit Opera House, 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, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, 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 Annie, Evita and the national tour of Jekyll and Hyde.
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, Billy Joel, Flora and the Machine, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Pink Floyd and The Police 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.