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American Airlines Theater

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Fully renovated theater (formerly Selwyn) hosts the Roundabout Theatre Company. The troupe performs plays and musicals.
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227 W. 42nd St. Between 7th and 8th Aves, New York City, NY
+1 212-719-1300
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 August 2014

It seems like the show was written just so Alan Cumming could be the emcee for Cabaret. I loved this production. Alan Cumming is superb. The theater is great to-such an interesting history-from opera, to CBS studio, to the great 70's disco and now back...More

3  Thank ptmom
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 October 2014

We recently planned four nights in NYC around Cabaret and another Broadway show. Alan Cumming was the main attraction and was outstanding, worth the price of admission. However, consider carefully where you sit. We were at table 114 on the floor to the right and...More

2  Thank Beth L
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

we were in the balcony, towards the back, but could see and hear everything just fine. it's a small, intimate theater.

Thank Valerie L
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

I attended the AITAF Broadway Show here in November and had a wonderful time. There‘s no obstructed views and it feels very intimate.

Thank WanderlustWriter502
Reviewed 9 April 2018

So close to the bustle of Times Square and small enough that one feels right in the action in any seat. That staff is very helpful and relaxed -- no frisking or metal detectors to ruin the ambiance. They allow drinks and snacks in the...More

Thank occdocbill
Reviewed 22 February 2018

We had tickets to hear and see 'Stories by Heart'. John Lithgow tell two short stories, a rather chilling one by Ring Lardner, and, after the intermission, my favorite P.G. Wodehouse story, 'Uncle Fred Flits By'. I loved it when I first read it as...More

2  Thank operalover939
Reviewed 30 January 2018

The American Airlines Theater is a Broadway Theater in New York City. It is located at 227 West 42nd Street. It was renovated in 1997 and used as a theater again. I have seen these shows here: The Pajama Game and The 39 Steps.

Thank lollygal
Reviewed 28 January 2018

We have seen John Lithgow on Broadway in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and All My Sons. He is a consummate actor, equally adept in dramatic or comedic roles. It was with that background that I bought tickets to his one-man show, John Lithgow: Stories from the...More

Thank 911carolg
Reviewed 20 January 2018

There are not that many actors that can hold an audience spellbound on stage for more than two hours without the audience either dozing off or walking out. John Lithgow is one of the chosen few that magically gives every drop of passion and energy...More

1  Thank Mike902
Reviewed 15 January 2018

This was our first show at the American Airlines Theater - was VERY happy with the comfort of our seats, especially being able to score a seat on the end of the aisle. Mixed review on John Lithgow's show. On the one hand, he is...More

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

When you find your seat in the theatre you will be pleasantly surprised by the comfortable seats and clear sight lines. The theatre is attractive, much of the 100 year old wall art was restored. The 42nd Street exterior is quite different.

Thank Alan304
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Booked mezzanine seats for Time and the Conways. Wasn’t all that jazzed about the play, but the seats were quite good. There were several empty seats around us, so we didn’t feel hemmed in at all. Not a lot of leg room, but reasonable. Picked...More

Thank Katrina W
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Response from Thom W | Reviewed this property |
not a good choice as you are on the far side but close to the stage. The set is deep, and you will miss some action and really funny pratfalls that take place behind a window in the back of center stage. recommend anywhere... More
20 December 2014|
Response from ToddyChristchurch | Reviewed this property |
I don't know as I have never sat there but in all theatres I don't think you can go wrong with 5th row centre in the stalls where you really feel part of the play.