Company partners on Istanbul arts complex

Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, one branch of the Broadway landlord and producing company Nederlander Org, has teamed with Turkish conglom Zorlu Property Group to develop a new performing arts center in Istanbul.

The complex in Istanbul’s Zorlu Center will include two theaters — one that seats 2,300, another seating 770 — that will host concerts, dance, art exhibits and Broadway fare. Zorlu will develop the complex while NWE oversees design, construction and programming.

At 538,000 square feet of construction area, the $300 million Zorlu Center Performing Arts Center will be the largest performing arts complex in the city, according to Zorlu and Nederlander.

The new partnership reps another element in Gotham-based NWE’s international operations, which already include activity in territories including China, Taiwan and Singapore. The company, led by Robert Nederlander Sr. and Robert Nederlander Jr., has made a significant push into China, touring Broadway shows there, managing Chinese theaters and developing Mandarin-language versions of Rialto productions.

New center in Istanbul is expected to open in 2013, with programming due to be announced later this year.

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