Roundabout's Home On Broadway Officially Renamed The Todd Haimes Theatre

Alex Mecklosky
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January 31, 2024 7:00 PM

Roundabout Theatre Company announced this evening during a dedication ceremony that the 104-year-old Selwyn Theatre, previously known as the American Airlines Theatre, is now officially named the Todd Haimes Theatre. First announced in June 2023, the renaming is in recognition of the late artistic director and chief executive’s extraordinary dedication to the institution he called home, and his enormous contributions to Roundabout and the entire theatre community. Haimes passed away at 66 years of age on April 19th, 2023 from complications of osteosarcoma.

The first production to take the stage at the newly renamed theater is the first Broadway revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt: A Parable, directed by Scott Ellis, and starring Tyne Daly and Liev Schreiber, with performances beginning Friday, February 2nd. Closing the 2023- 2024 season at the Todd Haimes Theatre is Home by Samm-Art Williams, directed by Kenny Leon—and featured in Roundabout’s first Refocus Project in 2021, aimed to transform the American theatre canon— beginning performances Friday, May 17.

Roundabout recently announced the upcoming 2024-2025 season—the first complete season at the Todd Haimes Theatre under the leadership of Interim Artistic Director Scott Ellis, including: the Broadway premiere of Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang, directed by Leigh Silverman, starring Daniel Dae Kim; the Broadway premiere of Sanaz Toossi’s Pulitzer Prize & Obie Award-winning English, directed by Knud Adams; and a new jazz-infused, New Orleans-style production of The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, adapted by Rupert Holmes, choreographed by Warren Carlyle, directed by Scott Ellis.

The Todd Haimes Theatre represents the vision of Haimes’ leadership at Roundabout. In the late 1990s he restored the historic Selwyn Theatre to become the flagship home for Roundabout on Broadway, opening in 2000 with The Man Who Came To Dinner,starring Nathan Lane. Through the years, the Theatre has provided space for Roundabout’s extensive education programs and career training initiatives, and on stage has been home to Tony Award-winning and -nominated productions of Big River (2003), The Pajama Game (2006), On the Twentieth Century (2015), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2016), A Soldier’s Play (2020), and Trouble in Mind (2021).

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!