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American Airlines Theatre


229 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 740

George Keister, architect. Built by Edgar and Arch Selwyn. By 1934, it was showing movies. In 1950, a unique policy was introduced: a sixty-minute play to precede each screening--resulting in thirty live shows each week. Traditional double features quickly took over, lasting into the 1990s, when the theatre fell into the hands of The New 42nd Street, Inc. Roundabout Theatre Company signed a long-term lease and renovated the theatre (Robert Ascione and Frank Eilam, architects).

To learn more about the history and restoration of the American Airlines Theatre, see Spotlight on Broadway's video on the American Airlines Theatre.

Built: 1918   

Theatre Names Named
American Airlines Theatre 2000     Reopened July 27, 2000
Selwyn Theatre 1918     Named for Arch Selwyn, Opened October 2, 1918
ProductionsProduction Dates
The Real Thing
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Tom Stoppard
Oct 30, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Violet
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Brian Crawley; Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Apr 20, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014
Machinal
Play, Revival
Written by Sophie Treadwell
Jan 16, 2014 - Mar 02, 2014
The Winslow Boy
Play, Revival
Written by Terence Rattigan
Oct 17, 2013 - Dec 01, 2013
The Big Knife
Play, Revival
Written by Clifford Odets
Apr 16, 2013 - Jun 02, 2013
Picnic
Play, Revival
Written by William Inge
Jan 13, 2013 - Feb 24, 2013
Cyrano de Bergerac
Play, Revival, Comedy, Romance
Written by Edmond Rostand
Oct 11, 2012 - Nov 25, 2012
Don't Dress for Dinner
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Marc Camoletti
Apr 26, 2012 - Jun 17, 2012
The Road to Mecca
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Athol Fugard
Jan 17, 2012 - Mar 04, 2012
Man and Boy
Play, Revival
Written by Terence Rattigan
Oct 09, 2011 - Nov 27, 2011
The Importance of Being Earnest
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Oscar Wilde
Jan 13, 2011 - Jun 26, 2011
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Play, Revival, Comedy, Tragedy
Oct 03, 2010 - Nov 28, 2010
Everyday Rapture
Musical, Original
Apr 29, 2010 - Jul 11, 2010
Present Laughter
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Noël Coward
Jan 21, 2010 - Mar 21, 2010
After Miss Julie
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Patrick Marber
Oct 22, 2009 - Dec 06, 2009
The Philanthropist
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 26, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009
Hedda Gabler
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Jan 25, 2009 - Mar 29, 2009
A Man for All Seasons
Play, Revival
Written by Robert Bolt
Oct 07, 2008 - Dec 14, 2008
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Play, Revival, Drama
May 01, 2008 - Jul 06, 2008
The 39 Steps
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 15, 2008 - Mar 29, 2008
Pygmalion
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 18, 2007 - Dec 16, 2007
Old Acquaintance
Play, Revival
Written by John Van Druten
Jun 28, 2007 - Aug 19, 2007
Prelude to a Kiss
Play, Revival, Romantic Comedy
Written by Craig Lucas
Mar 08, 2007 - Apr 29, 2007
Heartbreak House
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 11, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006
The Pajama Game
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Feb 23, 2006 - Jun 17, 2006
A Naked Girl on the Appian Way
Play, Original
Oct 06, 2005 - Dec 04, 2005
The Constant Wife
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jun 16, 2005 - Aug 21, 2005
Twelve Angry Men
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Reginald Rose
Oct 28, 2004 - May 15, 2005
After The Fall
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Arthur Miller
Jul 29, 2004 - Sep 12, 2004
Twentieth Century
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 25, 2004 - Jun 06, 2004
The Caretaker
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Harold Pinter
Nov 09, 2003 - Jan 04, 2004
Big River
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Sign Language
Music by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Lyrics by Roger Miller
Jul 24, 2003 - Sep 21, 2003
As Long As We Both Shall Laugh
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
Created and written by Yakov Smirnoff
Apr 07, 2003 - May 26, 2003
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Peter Nichols
Apr 03, 2003 - Jun 01, 2003
Tartuffe
Play, Revival, Comedy, Farce
Written by Moličre
Jan 09, 2003 - Feb 23, 2003
The Boys from Syracuse
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Richard Rodgers; Based on the original book by George Abbott; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Aug 18, 2002 - Oct 20, 2002
An Evening With Mario Cantone
Special, Original, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy
May 19, 2002 - Jun 17, 2002
The Man Who Had All the Luck
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Arthur Miller
May 01, 2002 - Jun 30, 2002
An Almost Holy Picture
Play, Original, Solo, Drama
Written by Heather McDonald
Feb 07, 2002 - Apr 07, 2002
The Women
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 08, 2001 - Jan 13, 2002
Major Barbara
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jul 12, 2001 - Sep 16, 2001
Design For Living
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Noël Coward
Mar 15, 2001 - May 13, 2001
Betrayal
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Harold Pinter
Nov 14, 2000 - Feb 04, 2001
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jul 27, 2000 - Oct 08, 2000
Selwyn Theatre
Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 17, 1950 - Closing date unknown
The Respectful Prostitute
Play, Revival
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Dec 23, 1949 - Closing date unknown
Ragged Army
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 26, 1934 - Feb 1934
A Hat, a Coat, a Glove
Play, Original, Drama
Written by William A. Drake
Jan 31, 1934 - Feb 1934
Shooting Star
Play, Original
Jun 12, 1933 - Jun 1933
Walk a Little Faster
Musical, Original, Revue
Feb 20, 1933 - Mar 18, 1933
Evensong
Play, Original
Written by Beverley Nichols
Jan 31, 1933 - Feb 1933
The Little Black Book
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Harold Sherman
Dec 26, 1932 - Jan 1933
The Great Magoo
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 02, 1932 - Dec 1932
A Thousand Summers
Play, Original, Romance
Written by Merrill Rogers
May 24, 1932 - Jul 1932
Life Begins
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 28, 1932 - Apr 1932
Electra
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Music by Richard Malaby; Written by Sophocles
Jan 08, 1932 - Jan 1932
The Devil Passes
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Benn W. Levy
Jan 04, 1932 - Mar 1932
Fast Service
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 17, 1931 - Nov 1931
The Singing Rabbi
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Sep 10, 1931 - Sep 12, 1931
Three's a Crowd
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Arthur Schwartz; Book by Howard Dietz; Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Oct 15, 1930 - Jun 06, 1931
Lost Sheep
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Belford Forrest
May 05, 1930 - Jul 1930
Wake Up and Dream
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Cole Porter; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Dec 30, 1929 - Apr 26, 1930
Keep It Clean
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 24, 1929 - Jul 06, 1929
This Year of Grace
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Noël Coward; Book by Noël Coward; Lyrics by Noël Coward
Nov 07, 1928 - Mar 23, 1929
The Royal Family
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 28, 1927 - Oct 1928
Nightstick
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 10, 1927 - Jan 1928
The Garden of Eden
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Avery Hopwood
Sep 27, 1927 - Oct 1927
The Manhatters
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 03, 1927 - Oct 1927
The Mating Season
Play, Original, Farce
Written by William A. Grew
Jul 18, 1927 - Aug 1927
Namiko-San
Play, Original, Drama, Play with music
Music by Aldo Franchetti; Written by Aldo Franchetti
Jun 06, 1927 - Jun 18, 1927
The Lady Screams
Play, Original
Written by Everett Chantler
May 02, 1927 - May 1927
One Glorious Hour
Play, Original, Romantic Comedy
Apr 14, 1927 - May 1927
The Constant Nymph
Play, Original
Dec 09, 1926 - Apr 1927
Castles in the Air
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Percy Wenrich; Book by Raymond W. Peck; Lyrics by Raymond W. Peck
Sep 06, 1926 - Dec 1926
The Man from Toronto
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Douglas Murray
Jun 17, 1926 - Jul 1926
Fakir Rahman Bey
Special, Original
May 25, 1926 - Jun 1926
Charlot Revue
Musical, Original, Revue
Music for ""The Mender of Broken Dreams" by John W. Bratton; Music for "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You" by Joseph Meyer; Music for "Carrie!," "Russian Blues" and "Poor Little Rich Girl" by Noël Coward; Music for "Fallen Babies" by Ivor Novello; Music for "Gigolette" by Franz Lehár; Music for "How D'You Do?," "Let's All Go Raving Mad," "Follow Master Cook" and "Oxford Bags" by Philip Braham; Music for "Mouse! Mouse!" and "Susannah's Squeaking Shoes" by Muriel Lillie; Music for "Sealed Feet" by Charles Prentice; Music for "Take Them All Away" by Jack Strachey; Music for "The Fox Has Left His Lair" by Peggy Connor; "Buying a Hat" and "Wine -- A Romantic Reverie" written by Douglas Furber; "Fate" and "A Cup of Coffee" written by Ronald Jeans; "Methods of Barberism" written by Arthur Wimperis; "References" written by Harold Simpson, Morris Harvey; Lyrics for ""The Mender of Broken Dreams" by John W. Bratton; Lyrics for "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You" by Al Dubin, Billy Rose; Lyrics for "Carrie!," "Russian Blues" and "Poor Little Rich Girl" by Noël Coward; Lyrics for "Fallen Babies" by Ronald Jeans; Lyrics for "Gigolette" and "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You" by Irving Caesar; Lyrics for "How D'You Do?" and "Gigolette" by Dion Titheradge; Lyrics for "How D'You Do?" by Eric Blore; Lyrics for "Let's All Go Raving Mad" by Hugh E. Wright; Lyrics for "Mouse! Mouse!" by Hilda Brighton; Lyrics for "Oxford Bags" by Arthur Wimperis; Lyrics for "Susannah's Squeaking Shoes" by Arthur Weigall; Lyrics for "Take Them All Away" by Jack Strachey; Lyrics for "The Fox Has Left His Lair" and "Follow Master Cook" by Douglas Furber
Nov 10, 1925 - Mar 06, 1926
The Gorilla
Play, Original, Comedy, Mystery
Written by Ralph Spence
Apr 28, 1925 - Closing date unknown
The Sapphire Ring
Play, Original
Written by Laszlo Lakatos
Apr 15, 1925 - Apr 1925
Puppets
Play, Original, Melodrama, Puppets
Written by Frances Lightner
Mar 09, 1925 - Apr 1925
Two By Two
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 23, 1925 - Mar 1925
Kid Boots
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 01, 1924 - Feb 21, 1925
Andre Charlot's Revue of 1924
Musical, Original, Revue
Apr 21, 1924 - Aug 1924
Battling Buttler
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 08, 1923 - Apr 20, 1924
Helen of Troy, New York
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 19, 1923 - Oct 07, 1923
Within Four Walls
Play, Original
Written by Glen MacDonough
Apr 17, 1923 - Apr 1923
The Guilty One
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 20, 1923 - Apr 1923
Dagmar
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 22, 1923 - Mar 1923
Partners Again
Play, Original, Comedy
May 01, 1922 - Jun 1922
The Blue Kitten
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 13, 1922 - May 1922
The Circle
Play, Original, Romantic Comedy
Sep 12, 1921 - Feb 1922
The Broadway Whirl
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 08, 1921 - Aug 20, 1921
Snapshots of 1921
Musical, Original, Revue
Jul 25, 1921 - Aug 06, 1921
Snapshots of 1921
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 02, 1921 - Jul 09, 1921
The Emperor Jones
Play, Original
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Dec 1920 - Closing date unknown
Tickle Me
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 17, 1920 - Feb 12, 1921
Ed Wynn's Carnival
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Ed Wynn; Book by Ed Wynn; Lyrics by Ed Wynn
Jun 21, 1920 - Aug 14, 1920
Buddies
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by B. C. Hilliam; Book by George V. Hobart; Lyrics by B. C. Hilliam
Oct 27, 1919 - Jun 12, 1920
The Challenge
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Eugene Walter
Aug 05, 1919 - Oct 1919
Tumble In
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Rudolf Friml
Mar 24, 1919 - Jul 12, 1919
The Crowded Hour
Play, Original
Nov 22, 1918 - Mar 1919
Information Please
Play, Original
Oct 02, 1918 - Nov 1918
Special EventsProduction Dates
The 24 Hour Plays 2009
Special, Original, Benefit
Nov 09, 2009 - Nov 09, 2009
The 24 Hour Plays 2008
Special, Original, Benefit
Nov 17, 2008 - Nov 17, 2008
The 24 Hour Plays 2007
Special, Original, Benefit
Oct 22, 2007 - Oct 22, 2007
The 24 Hour Plays 2006
Special, Original, Benefit
"Jack on Film" written by Adam Rapp; "The Blizzard" written by David Ives; "The First Tree in Antartica" written by Julia Cho; "The Sunday Times" written by Terrence McNally; "Three Girls and Bob" written by Adam Bock; "Toccata and Fugue" written by Tina Howe
Oct 23, 2006 - Oct 23, 2006
The 24 Hour Plays 2005
Special, Original, Benefit
"Claire's Intervention" by Greg Kotis; "In the Dark" by Warren Leight; "Pressure is a Privelege" by Betty Shamieh; "That Other Person" by David Lindsay-Abaire; "The Windows" by Adam Bock; "This is Now" by Steve Harper; "Why I Write" by Clevins Browne, Jenn Nenadich
Oct 24, 2005 - Oct 24, 2005
The 24 Hour Plays 2004
Special, Original, Benefit
"Baby Food" by David Lindsay-Abaire; "Carousel Four" by Julia Jordan; "Poem" by Christopher Shinn; "South of the Border" by Chris Henchy; "Sparkle" by Jeff Whitty; "United" by Warren Leight; "Why Should I Vote" by Heritage School 12th Grade Class
Sep 13, 2004 - Sep 13, 2004
The 24 Hour Plays 2003
Special, Original, Benefit
"A Long Story" by Nicole Burdette; "Crazy Eights" by David Lindsay-Abaire; "Dance of Life" by Christopher Shinn; "Mars Has Never Been So Close" by Warren Leight; "Pleasure" by Matthew Barber; "Sleep Deprived" by Diana Son; Prologue: "Where I'm From" by Emily Genao
Sep 15, 2003 - Sep 15, 2003