The Nederlander Companies
David T. Nederlander founded the Nederlander organization in 1922 while operating a single theatre out of Detroit. After much success with the Detroit theatre his vision of producing and presenting legitimate theatre and managing outdoor venues, flourished into various Nederlander entities across the United States.
Today the Nederlander organization, run by James M. Nederlander, owns and/or operates more than 25 theatres and amphitheatres worldwide. Headquartered in Los Angeles and New York, the Nederlander organization books, promotes, and produces premium live entertainment at multiple venues, while being one of the only family run theatre companies to date.
Nederlander is the exclusive concert booking agent for Southern California’s top venues, including: the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, The Grove of Anaheim, both located near Disneyland in California, the Bakersfield Centennial Garden, and the San Diego Civic Theatre, in downtown San Diego. For the past 26 years, Nederlander has leased, managed, operated and promoted the world renowned Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Additionally, Nederlander books concerts at STAPLES Center, in downtown Los Angeles and The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Nederlander is also heavily involved in legitimate theatre while promoting and producing plays and musicals in nine New York Broadway theatres.
In Los Angeles, Nederlander’s theatre venues include the Pantages Theatre and Henry Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, and the Wilshire Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
The Pantages Theatre was chosen by The Walt Disney Company for its multi-year presentation of “The Lion King.” This record-breaking musical opened in September 2000, to begin its first United States engagement since its Broadway opening and closed its run in January of 2003. Currently the award winning musical “The Producers,” is playing at The Pantages Theatre.
Nederlander’s experience in live entertainment venue operation is from the ground up. Nederlander constructed and operated outstanding American amphitheatres such as the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey, Pine Knob in Detroit, Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Chicago, and renovation of the Merriweather Post Pavilion near Baltimore, Maryland, among others. Additionally, Nederlander has completed extensive renovations on a number of old vaudeville theatres including The Palace Theatre in New York, The Curran Theatre in San Francisco, and the Pantages.
James M. Nederlander is largely credited with establishing the outdoor amphitheatre concept in the United States. His impressive 50-year plus career in theatre coupled with his knowledge and experience of presenting live entertainment has contributed greatly to the success of the Nederlander organization.
Working along side James M. Nederlander is his son James L. Nederlander who is the third generation of the celebrated family known worldwide. His focus continues to foster, build and enhance the relationship between Broadway and the concert world through strengthening their synergies.