James A. Nederlander Theatre
Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and, over the past 16 years, has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Company, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well over 1.7 million people annually. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop: The PrivateBank Theatre, James A. Nederlander Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. Broadway In Chicago is best known for attracting pre-Broadway productions, highlights of those include The Producers, Spamalot, Movin' Out, The Addams Family, Kinky Boots and Big Fish, as well as long-run engagements including Wicked, Disney’s The Lion King, and Billy Elliott the Musical to name a few.
About James A. Nederlander Theatre
Chicago’s James A. Nederlander Theatre (previously named Oriental Theatre) opened to much fanfare on May 8, 1926. In the theater's early days it hosted amazing acts like The Three Stooges, Judy Garland, and Duke Ellington. During a record-breaking week in 1930, as many as 124,985 patrons visited the Nederlander 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 it hosted 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. In 1996, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that the Nederlander would be restored to its original grandeur for the presentation of live stage musicals. Renamed the 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. In 1999, Fosse debuted at the Nederlander before embarking on a national tour. The list of hits goes on, including the pre-Broadway premiere of Blast in 2000, the world premiere of Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz in January 2003, the record-breaking run of Wicked from 2005 to 2009, Billy Elliot and the pre-Broadway World Premiere of Big Fish in 2013. In 2014, the hits include the National Tour Premiere of Motown and Disney’s Newsies.
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