The American Airlines Theatre will be renamed to the Todd Haimes Theatre this fall during their 2023-2024 season, Roundabout Theatre Company announced today. The theatre is being renamed in honor of the late Todd Haimes, the Company’s visionary artistic director and chief executive whose relationship with the organization spanned four decades. Haimes, who passed away on April 19, 2023 due to complications from cancer, also had Broadway’s marquee lights dimmed in his honor last night.
As a visionary figure in the Broadway and larger theatre communities, Haimes is remembered for saving Roundabout from bankruptcy and completely transforming it into one of the most prolific nonprofit theatre organizations. “Last year, when the thought of naming the theatre after Todd arose, our instinct was to honor a visionary producer who had led Roundabout from a basement under a supermarket in Chelsea to an indelible force in the American theatre,” said Roundabout Vice Chair Lawrence Kaplen.
Roundabout’s flagship home on Broadway, the American Airlines Theatre, first opened its doors as the Selwyn Theatre in 1918.
In 2000, Roundabout restored the theatre to its original neo-Renaissance style as part of the 42nd Street Development Project, thanks to generous support from the City of New York. Haimes himself was responsible for leading the restoration effort of this historical theatre and turning it into Roundabout’s flagship, opening in 2000 with The Man Who Came To Dinner starring Nathan Lane. Through an unprecedented partnership between Roundabout and American Airlines, this historic theatre remains one of Broadway’s most exquisite and patron-friendly houses.
The American Airlines Theatre, currently home to Fat Ham, has 740 seats and is one of Roundabout Theatre Company‘s three Broadway theatres.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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