Nederlander Organization Will Increase Access for Disabled Theatregoers at its Nine Broadway Houses
30 Jan 2014
The Nederlander Organization has agreed to increase access for disabled theatregoers at the nine Broadway houses it operates, according to the New York Times.
Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that the theatrical organization — under president James L. Nederlander — has settled a lawsuit filed by the government in Manhattan federal court by agreeing to make changes over the next three years that will help disabled people. An official announcement from The Nederlander Organization has not been made.
The changes would include adding wheelchair seating locations, providing additional space for people who can transfer from their wheelchairs into seats and eliminating design and architectural barriers that make it difficult for disabled people to access restrooms, concession counters, waiting areas and box offices. Additionally, the company, according to the Times, will pay a $45,000 civil penalty.
The Nederlander Organization owns and operates the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (After Midnight), the Gershwin Theatre (Wicked), the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Motown), the Marquis Theatre (currently empty), the Minskoff Theatre (The Lion King), the Nederlander Theatre (Newsies), the Neil Simon Theatre (upcoming All the Way), the Palace Theatre (upcoming Holler If Ya Hear Me) and the Richard Rodgers Theatre (upcoming If/Then).