Open since 1921, the David T. Nederlander Theatre was formerly the Billy Rose Theatre and National Theatre. Book a show to visit the 1,232-seat playhouse, which is on the southernmost theater in Broadway’s Theater District and is run by the Nederlander Family, owners and operators of many theatres and concert venues throughout the United States.
You can see the glitzy facade of the Nederlander Theatre on a walking tour of Manhattan’s Theater District—these tours provide historical information about the venues and may let visitors enter some theaters. The best way to experience the theater is by seeing a show; book your ticket in advance for better seating. The Nederlander Theatre has hosted productions including Pretty Woman: The Musical, Guys and Dolls, and Rent, which ran from 1996 through 2008.
Things to Know Before You Go
Nederlander Theatre is a must-visit for lovers of the theatrical arts and New York history.
The theater has accessible seating for visitors with disabilities.
There is one wheelchair-accessible restroom on the Orchestra level.
You can purchase refreshments at the bars on the Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Third Floor levels.
The theater does not have a dress code.
How to Get There
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Theater District, the Nederlander Theatre is easy to get to from anywhere in the city by public transit. The nearest subway station is Times Square - 42nd Street, a 2-minute walk away and served by the N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, and 7. Subway riders can also take the A, C, or E to 42nd Street-Port Authority, a 3-minute walk away.
When to Get There
Show times vary depending on what is playing, but typically there is an evening performance Tuesday through Saturday, a matinee performance on Sunday, and an additional matinee on Saturday. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain in order to find your seats and get settled. Latecomers are seated during suitable breaks.
History of the Nederlander Theatre
At the end of Rent's long run in 2008, the theater underwent renovations, reopening in 2009 with Guys and Dolls. During the restoration, records were discovered indicating that the venue was built as a carpenter's shop in 1920. This makes the Nederlander one of a handful of Broadway venues not originally built as a theater—the others include the Winter Garden, which was originally the American Horse Exchange.