James M. Nederlander Theatre

James M. Nederlander Theatre

24 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL, USA
Seats (approximate)
2249

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description

As one of the first motion picture palaces whose décor was inspired by the Far East, Chicago's Oriental Theatre opened to much fanfare on May 8, 1926. Also, designed by George L. and Cornelius W. Rapp for theater managers Balaban and Katz, the theatre, a virtual museum of Asian art, presented popular first-run motion pictures, complemented by lavish stage shows. Turbaned ushers led patrons from the lobby, with polychrome figures and large mosaics of an Indian prince and princess, through an inner foyer with elephant-throne chairs and multicolored glazed Buddhas, to the auditorium's "hasheesh-dream décor." Among the many stars that played the theatre are Paul Ash (billed as "the Rajah of Jazz"), The Three Stooges, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Stepin Fetchit, Sophie Tucker, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fanny Brice, Danny Kaye and Alice Faye. During a record-breaking week in 1930, as many as 124,985 patrons visited the Oriental to see the hit film "Flight." Although management changed hands several times in the subsequent decades, the theatre continued to feature films until the early 1970s, at which time the M&R Amusement Company briefly presented live performances by such artists as Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Little Richard. Soon the theater fell into disrepair. In an effort to preserve the theatre, it was added to the Federal National Registry of Historic Places in 1978, but the building continued to crumble. The theatre was closed to the public in 1981, and the site was considered for a two-story, 50,000 square-foot shopping mall and a 1,600 seat cinema. In 1996, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that the Oriental would be restored to its original grandeur for the presentation of live stage musicals by Livent, Inc. Renamed Ford Center for the Performing Arts in 1997, the restoration of the theatre was completed in October 1998, at which time it was opened with the Chicago premiere of Ragtime. The venue was acquired by SFX Theatrical Group in 1999, and its production of Fosse debuted at the Ford Center before embarking on a national tour. Broadway In Chicago, formed in 2000, began to light the stage with the record-breaking run of Wicked for three and a half years and the long-run production of Billy Elliott, along with many Pre-Broadway World Premieres including: The Addams Family, Big Fish, On Your Feet!, The SpongeBob Musical, Escape to Margaritaville, Pretty Woman: the Musical, and The Cher Show with many more to come. In February 2019, the theatre was renamed the James M. Nederlander Theatre, in honor of the legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer and patriarch of Broadway James M. Nederlander. As the founder of Broadway In Chicago, he championed theatre in Chicago having presented shows here for over six decades. 

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Dear Evan Hansen
Jul 07, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020
Musical Original
Musical Original
Mean Girls
Dec 25, 2019 - Jan 26, 2020
Music by Jeff Richmond; Book by Tina Fey; Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Musical Original
Cats
Jul 16, 2019 - Aug 04, 2019
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by T.S. Eliot
Musical Revival
Falsettos
May 28, 2019 - Jun 09, 2019
Music by William Finn; Book by James Lapine, William Finn; Lyrics by William Finn
Musical Revival
Anastasia
Mar 26, 2019 - Apr 07, 2019
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original
A Bronx Tale The Musical
Mar 12, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Chazz Palminteri; Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Musical Original Drama
Dear Evan Hansen
Feb 12, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019
Musical Original
The Lightning Thief
Jan 08, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019
Music by Rob Rokicki; Book by Joe Tracz; Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Musical Original
The Play That Goes Wrong
Dec 04, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018
Play Original Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Hello, Dolly!
Oct 23, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Oct 02, 2018 - Oct 21, 2018
Music by Marc Shaiman; Book by David Greig; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Dec 06, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Escape to Margaritaville
Nov 09, 2017 - Dec 02, 2017
Music by Jimmy Buffett; Book by Greg Garcia, Mike O'Malley; Lyrics by Jimmy Buffett
Musical Original
An American in Paris
Jul 25, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
The King and I
Jun 13, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Mar 07, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017
Music by Stephen Trask; Book by John Cameron Mitchell; Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Musical Original
The Illusionists
Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
The Bodyguard
Jan 31, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017
Musical Original
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dec 06, 2016 - Dec 24, 2016
Music by Adrian Sutton; Written by Simon Stephens
Play Original
Fun Home
Nov 02, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Lisa Kron; Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Musical Original
Kinky Boots
Aug 30, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Musical Original
Matilda The Musical
Mar 22, 2016 - Apr 10, 2016
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Musical Original
If/Then
Feb 23, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016
Music by Tom Kitt; Book by Brian Yorkey; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Musical Original
Newsies The Musical
Dec 10, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Musical Original Comedy
Motown The Musical
Apr 22, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014
Musical Original Drama
Wicked - Emerald City
Oct 29, 2013 - Dec 22, 2013
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Once
Oct 09, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013
Musical Original Romance
Evita - 2013
Sep 17, 2013 - Oct 06, 2013
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Fela!
Mar 27, 2012 - Apr 15, 2012
Additional music by Aaron Johnson, Jordan McLean; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Book by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Musical Original
American Idiot
Feb 07, 2012 - Feb 19, 2012
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Jun 07, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Hair
Mar 15, 2011 - Mar 20, 2011
Musical Revival Fantasy
Hair
Mar 08, 2011 - Mar 13, 2011
Musical Revival Fantasy
Billy Elliot the Musical
Mar 18, 2010 - Nov 28, 2010
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Musical Original
Fiddler On The Roof
Jun 09, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Legally Blonde
May 12, 2009 - Jun 07, 2009
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Musical Original Comedy
A Chorus Line
Apr 14, 2009 - May 03, 2009
Musical Revival Drama
Rent - Mark
Mar 31, 2009 - Apr 12, 2009
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
A Bronx Tale
Mar 10, 2009 - Mar 22, 2009
Original music by John Gromada; Written by Chazz Palminteri
Play Original Solo
Chicago
Feb 24, 2009 - Mar 08, 2009
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Wicked - Emerald City
Apr 29, 2005 - Jun 12, 2005
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Feb 17, 2004 - Feb 29, 2004
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Musical Original Comedy
Hairspray
Dec 16, 2003 - Feb 15, 2004
Musical Original Comedy
The Producers - Leo
Oct 14, 2003 - Nov 30, 2003
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
42nd Street
Nov 19, 2002 - Dec 08, 2002
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Revival Comedy
Fiddler on the Roof
May 07, 2002 - May 19, 2002
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Contact
Apr 09, 2002 - May 05, 2002
Written by John Weidman
Musical Original Dance
Kiss Me, Kate
Mar 26, 2002 - Apr 07, 2002
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Musical Revival Comedy
Guys and Dolls
Dec 04, 2001 - Dec 16, 2001
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Musical Revival Comedy
Fosse
Jul 17, 2001 - Jul 29, 2001
Musical Original Revue Dance
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Apr 24, 2001 - May 06, 2001
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Revival Comedy
Swing!
Apr 10, 2001 - Apr 22, 2001
Musical Original Dance Revue
Saturday Night Fever
Mar 03, 2001 - Mar 25, 2001
Musical Original
Cinderella
Jan 16, 2001 - Jan 28, 2001
Musical Original
Fosse
Sep 14, 1999 - Jan 09, 2000
Musical Original Revue Dance