Hollywood Pantages Theatre and the Broadway community mourn the loss of Chairman of the Nederlander Organization, theatre owner/operator, producer and presenter James M. Nederlander, who passed away on July 25th at age 94. Hollywood Pantages Theatre honored the Broadway tradition of dimming the marquee lights and iconic neon blade on Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:45pm PT.
Always a driving force in the continuing renaissance of Hollywood, Nederlander knew the value of the Hollywood brand long before it was fashionable. He was focused on attracting families, businesses (large and small) and working to create a comfortable and safe neighborhood to work, live and play.
In 2000, Nederlander oversaw the $10 million renovation of the Hollywood Pantages, restoring it to its original luster in time for the highly-anticipated L.A. Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King. Nederlander has been, and always will be, a symbol of what was great about entertainment of yesteryear and today.
During a career that spans 70 years, he has amassed a network of premier legitimate theatres including nine on Broadway: the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers, and the world-renowned Palace; in Chicago: The PrivateBank Theatre, Broadway Playhouse, Cadillac Palace and Oriental Theatre; in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre; and in London, the Adelphi, Aldwych and Dominion Theatres.
He has produced over 100 of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals and plays 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.
Nederlander’s name is 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 Ukranian State Dance Company.
Nederlander is survived by his wife Charlene S. Nederlander, his son James L. Nederlander and daughter-in-law Margo M. Nederlander, his grandchildren James M. Nederlander II and Kathleen M. Nederlander, his stepdaughter Kristina Gustafson and her children Gunnar Gustafson and Krisanna Gustafson.