$21 mil renovation of theater delaying Chekhov play

American Airlines flight 42 may be delayed.

The Roundabout Theater Co.’s newly named American Airlines Theater may not take off as originally scheduled with a production of “Uncle Vanya.” The theater company is in discussions with the Nederlanders about moving its new production of the Chekhov drama to the Brooks Atkinson Theater, where the Roundabout’s revival of “The Rainmaker” closed on Jan. 23.

The $21 million renovation of the Roundabout’s new 42nd Street venue, formerly the Selwyn Theater and built in 1918, has already incurred one delay for the production. In mid-February the original April 20 opening date for “Uncle Vanya” got pushed back to April 30 to accommodate protracted renovation of the space. Any further delays could move the opening past May 3, the cutoff date for Tony eligibility.

Adrian Bryan-Brown, spokesman for the Roundabout, said a decision would be made early next week regarding a potential change in venue for “Uncle Vanya.” If it moves to the Brooks Atkinson, a revival of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” starring Nathan Lane, would take the honor as the American Airlines Theater’s inaugural production. With the Kaufman and Hart comedy set for a July opening, the theater should be finished in time.

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