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Oriental Theatre in Chicago Gets New Name

The James M. Nederlander Theatre will light up the venue’s marquee Friday evening

Chicago’s Oriental Theatre has a new name – in lights. 

The James M. Nederlander Theatre will light up the venue’s marquee Friday evening.

The name honors the legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer and the founder of Broadway in Chicago, who passed away in 2016. His son, James L. Nederlander, president of the Nederlander Organization, and his family will light the marquee, the theatre announced.

In Chicago, Nederlander is responsible for bringing hundreds of shows to the city since 1954. After creating Broadway In Chicago in 2000, he was able to lure long-run shows like Wicked, Jersey Boys, Lion King and Hamilton. He produced over one hundred acclaimed Broadway musicals and plays, including Annie, Applause, La Cage aux Folles, Peter Pan, Sweet Charity, Woman of the Year, and more.

The 3,200-seat theater first opened on May 8, 1926, It was designed by George and Cornelius Rapp and features decor described as a "virtual art museum" with mosaics of an exotic prince and princess, Buddhas, and an auditorium with a "hasheesh-dream design."

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