James L. Nederlander, president of the Broadway theatre-owning and producing company the Nederlander Organization, was the recipient of the 2017 Sandy Fund Award from the Humane Society of New York in recognition of “his deep concern and support of the needs of rescued animals.”
Nederlander accepted the award at the October 22 ceremony and performance titled Best in Shows at Feinstein’s/54 Below cabaret in New York City. Playbill columnist Seth Rudetsky hosted and served as musical director of the event. The fourth annual Best in Show is designed as a benefit for the Humane Society. Broadway animal trainer and rescuer Bill Berloni presented the award to Nederlander.
Flip through photos of the event below:
Andrea McArdle, Emily Skinner, Orfeh, and More Perform at Best in Shows
Nederlander has a special connection to The Sandy Fund, which is named in honor of the original canine star of the Broadway musical Annie. It was his late father, James M. Nederlander, who produced the long-running musical, and so gave Sandy his very first acting job. The pup quickly became a Broadway star, playing 2,363 performances of Annie on Broadway.
Seth Rudetsky, has been a special guest performer on many of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3-13, 2017, also featuring Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced.
Tickets are also now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.