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Nederlander Broadway Theatre

The Nederlander Theatre was opened on Broadway in 1921.

Nederlander Theatre
208 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10019
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The Nederlander Theatre is located on the south side of 41st Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenue. It is number 36 on The Broadway Map


Just below flashy 42nd Street, the Nederlander is the lone theater on its street and can initially be easy to overlook. For years, the theater was run down - with a brick exterior and a prominent fire escape at the front of the building, the Nederlander Theatre was ideal for Rent, the bohemian musical that was its tenant from 1995 to 2008. But following Rent's departure, the Nederlander finally got a much-needed renovation.

Best Seats In The House:

The Nederlander Theatre is a mid-size theater at about 1,200 seats. The best views are from the center orchestra and the front mezzanine. However, many theater fans will argue that you can't beat the first two rows, which are sold for a deeply discounted price on the day of performance in a lottery. The Nederlander was the first to begin this "rush" policy, which allows people to see a Broadway show for an affordable price.

Though the majority of seats in the theater offer a clear, unobstructed view, the seats are small and may have limited legroom. The first row of the mezzanine is not recommended, as there is a large horizontal bar that can get in the way of the viewing experience.
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Nederlander Theatre Background:

Situated on 41st Street, the Nederlander Theatre marks the southern-most point of the Times Square theater district. As a sign at the front of the building attests, its full name is the David Nederlander Theatre, named in 1980 for the founder of the Nederlander Organization by his sons who currently run it. Originally called the National when it first opened on September 1, 1921, the theater has had many good years under that name. Works by distinguished playwrights like Lillian Hellman, Sean O'Casey, Clifford Odets, and Tennessee Williams appeared here. The celebrated songwriting team Lerner & Loewe (who would go on to create the classics My Fair Lady and Camelot) made their Broadway debut at the National Theatre with What's Up? Orson Welles and John Houseman's Mercury Theatre company brought productions of Julius Caesar and The Shoemaker's Holiday, which featured stars like Joseph Cotten, Vincent Price, and Welles himself, to this theater. After spending a couple decades as the Billy Rose Theatre -- during which time early works by groundbreaking playwrights Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard were performed here -- it closed for a year in 1978. The theater was then purchased by the Nederlanders and Cooney-Marsh and refurbished. It was dubbed the Trafalgar at first, but only briefly, before receiving its current name, the Nederlander Theatre.

Previous Shows at the Nederlander Theatre:

As the National, the theater hosted a mix of musicals and straight plays that included The Cat and the Canary, The Trial of Mary Dugan, Grand Hotel, Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30, The Little Foxes starring Tallulah Bankhead, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's What's Up? and The Day Before Spring, Call Me Mister, Judith Anderson and John Gielgud in Medea, Lend an Ear, Camino Real, Inherit the Wind, and Once More with Feeling. After being named the Billy Rose, the theater presented such plays as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tiny Alice, Old Times, and Jumpers. During its brief time as the Trafalgar, there was Whose Life Is It Anyway? and Betrayal. Since being named the Nederlander Theatre, offerings have included Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, 84 Charing Cross Road, Wind in the Willows, Rent, and Million Dollar Quartet.

Directions to the Nederlander Theatre:
By subway, take the A/C/E to 42nd Street, walk south on Eight Avenue and then turn left onto 41st Street. Or take the 1/2/3 to 42nd Street, walk south on Seventh Avenue and then make a right onto 41st Street.


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Seating Map for the Nederlander Theatre:

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