The founder of the Nederlander Organization would have turned 100 on March 31.
On March 31, in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of James (Jimmy) M. Nederlander, Sr., the Nederlander Organization will turn off the lights in its theaters around the world. Fifteen theaters across New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC and London will dim their lights for one minute at 6:30 p.m. local time in the venue.
Mr. Nederlander began working in theater at age seven, sweeping floors for his father, David Tobias (DT) Nederlander, in Detroit, Michigan. Over the next 70 years, Nederlander took over a network of theaters, with the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers and the Palace on Broadway; the Cadillac Palace, CIBC, James M. Nederlander and The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago; the Pantages in Los Angeles; and the Adelphi, Aldwych and Dominion in London.
The producer and theater owner produced more than 100 Broadway musicals and plays during his career and co-founded the Theater Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theater in 1971. He was himself inducted in 1992 for the all of his work.
The National High School Musical Theater Awards were dubbed the Jimmy Awards after him, to honor his sponsorship of the program honoring outstanding young musical theater performers from across the United States. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2014.