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Address:
229 W. 42nd St.

New York, NY

BUILT: 1918

SEATING CAPACITY: 740
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American Airlines Theatre (Broadway) History

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. Through an unprecedented partnership between Roundabout and American Airlines, this historic theatre remains one of Broadway's most exquisite and patron-friendly houses.

The theatre originally had 1,180 seats (it now seats 740) and featured separate smoking rooms for men and women, plus other novel features, including dressing rooms equipped with a shower and phone. After housing well-known plays and musicals in the early 1900s, the theatre was eventually converted to a cinema, and operated on and off as both a movie theater and legitimate theatre for decades, housing productions such as Wake Up and Dream (1929), Three's a Crowd (1930) and more. In 1992, the Selwyn fell under the protection of the New 42nd Street organization, and it wasn't until 1997 that The Roundabout Theatre Company committed to renovating it. They renamed it the American Airlines Theatre for its main sponsor, and the theatre reopened in 2000 with a production of The Man Who Came to Dinner starring Nathan Lane.

The American Airlines Theatre throughout its history, has primarily been known for housing plays, however, the show that holds the box office record at the American Airlines Theatre is The Pajama Game! The production grossed $477,030 for the week ending April 30, 2006. The 2006 Broadway revival of The Pajama Game was directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, and starred Harry Connick, Jr., making his Broadway debut, Kelli O'HaraMichael McKeanRoz Ryan, and Megan Lawrence. The revival was nominated for 9 Tony awards, winning Best Revival of a Musical, and Best Choreography for Kathleen Marshall.



What Shows Played the American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)

DATES PRODUCTION
? - ? 1776 (2022)
? - ? Trouble in Mind (2021)
? - ? Birthday Candles (2022)
? - ? A Soldier's Play (2020)
? - ? The Rose Tattoo (2019)
4/4/2019 - 6/23/2019 All My Sons (2019)
12/27/2018 - 3/17/2019 True West (2018)
9/1/2018 - 11/18/2018 Bernhardt/Hamlet (2018)
3/29/2018 - 6/17/2018 Travesties (2018)
? - ? John Lithgow: Stories By Heart (2018)
9/14/2017 - 11/26/2017 Time and the Conways (2017)
6/8/2017 - 8/27/2017 Marvin's Room (2017)
2/16/2017 - 5/14/2017 The Price (2017)
9/15/2016 - 12/4/2016 The Cherry Orchard (2016)
3/31/2016 - 6/26/2016 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2016)
12/17/2015 - 3/6/2016 Noises Off (2015)
9/17/2015 - 11/29/2015 Old Times (2015)
2/13/2015 - 7/19/2015 On the Twentieth Century (2015)
10/2/2014 - 1/4/2015 The Real Thing (2014)
3/28/2014 - 8/10/2014 Violet (2014)
12/20/2013 - 3/2/2014 Machinal (2014)
9/20/2013 - 12/1/2013 The Winslow Boy (2013)
12/14/2012 - 2/24/2013 Picnic (2013)
9/14/2012 - 11/25/2012 Cyrano de Bergerac (2012)
3/30/2012 - 6/17/2012 Don't Dress for Dinner (2012)
3/22/2012 - 6/2/2012 The Big Knife (2013)
12/16/2011 - 3/4/2012 The Road to Mecca (2012)
9/9/2011 - 11/27/2011 Man and Boy (2011)
12/17/2010 - 7/3/2011 The Importance of Being Earnest (2011)
9/3/2010 - 11/28/2010 Mrs. Warren's Profession (2010)
4/19/2010 - 7/11/2010 Everyday Rapture (2010)
4/9/2010 - 6/20/2010 Lips Together, Teeth Apart (2010) [Cancelled]
1/2/2010 - 3/21/2010 Present Laughter (2010)
9/18/2009 - 12/6/2009 After Miss Julie (2009)
4/10/2009 - 6/28/2009 The Philanthropist (2009)
1/6/2009 - 3/29/2009 Hedda Gabler (2009)
9/12/2008 - 12/7/2008 A Man For All Seasons (2008)
4/11/2008 - 7/6/2008 Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2008)
1/4/2008 - 3/29/2008 The 39 Steps (2008)
10/22/2007 - 10/22/2007 The 24 Hour Plays 2007 (2007)
9/21/2007 - 12/16/2007 Pygmalion (2007)
6/1/2007 - 8/19/2007 Old Acquaintance (2007)
2/17/2007 - 4/29/2007 Prelude to a Kiss (2007)
10/23/2006 - 10/23/2006 The 24 Hour Plays 2006 (2006)
9/15/2006 - 12/17/2006 Heartbreak House (2006)
1/19/2006 - 6/17/2006 The Pajama Game (2006)
10/24/2005 - 10/24/2005 The 24 Hour Plays 2005 (2005)
9/13/2005 - 12/4/2005 A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (2005)
5/27/2005 - 8/21/2005 The Constant Wife (2005)
10/1/2004 - 5/15/2005 Twelve Angry Men (2004)
9/13/2004 - 9/13/2004 The 24 Hour Plays 2004 (2004)
6/25/2004 - 9/12/2004 After The Fall (2004)
2/27/2004 - 6/6/2004 Twentieth Century (2004)
10/24/2003 - 1/4/2004 The Caretaker (2003)
9/15/2003 - 9/15/2003 The 24 Hour Plays 2003 (2003)
7/1/2003 - 9/21/2003 Big River (2003)
3/14/2003 - 6/1/2003 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2003)
2/23/2003 - 5/26/2003 As Long As We Both Shall Laugh (2003)
12/6/2002 - 2/23/2003 Tartuffe (2003)
7/23/2002 - 10/20/2002 The Boys from Syracuse (2002)
5/19/2002 - 6/17/2002 An Evening With Mario Cantone (2002)
4/19/2002 - 6/30/2002 The Man Who Had All The Luck (2002)
1/22/2002 - 4/7/2002 An Almost Holy Picture (2002)
10/12/2001 - 1/13/2002 The Women (2001)
6/15/2001 - 9/16/2001 Major Barbara (2001)
2/17/2001 - 5/13/2001 Design For Living (2001)
10/20/2000 - 2/4/2001 Betrayal (2000)
6/30/2000 - 10/8/2000 The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)


Frequently Asked Questions

What show is currently in American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)?
American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)'s current show is Trouble in Mind which opened on 11/18/2021.

What when was American Airlines Theatre (Broadway) built?
American Airlines Theatre (Broadway) was built in 1918.

How many seats does American Airlines Theatre (Broadway) have?
American Airlines Theatre (Broadway) has 740 seats.

What were the longest running shows at American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)?
The 39 Steps which ran from 1/15/2008 to 1/10/2010, Twelve Angry Men which ran from 10/28/2004 to 5/15/2005, The Importance of Being Earnest which ran from 1/13/2011 to 7/3/2011, On the Twentieth Century which ran from 3/15/2015 to 7/19/2015 and The Pajama Game which ran from 2/23/2006 to 6/17/2006,

What are the box office hours for American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)?
Monday–Sunday: 10:00 AM-6:00PM.

What accessibility options are there at American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)?

Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map. All levels in the theatre are accessible. Elevators bring you to the front and rear mezzanines.

Accessible restrooms are located on the lobby level (Level 1) and in the Penthouse Lobby (Level 5).

Six transfer seats are located in the orchestra (B 101 and 114, G 2 and 1, K 101 and 116), and two are in the mezzanine (F 101 and 123). Six wheelchair-accessible seats located in the orchestra (P 101 thru 106), Five wheelchair-accessible seats located in the mezzanine (F 224, 125, 126, 130, 131).

Assisted-listening Device Info:

  • Number of hearing devices: approximately 53
  • Brand of hearing devices: Sound Associates Model #SA1523H
  • Headset frequency: 2.3 MHz (megahertz)
  • The devices have a foam earpiece that is replaced every day. The used earpieces are washed and cleaned at least once a week (as we have a lot of these on hand when we need them).

On-demand captioning and audio description will be available two ways: via a device that the customer can check out at the theatre, or the GalaPro app on their smartphone. This feature is available several weeks post-opening. Please inquire with Audience Services about the availability dates for specific productions.

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