On June 1, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theaters in memory of Todd Haimes, the former artistic director and CEO of Roundabout Theatre Company. Haimes passed away on April 19, 2023. He was 66 years old.
The lights will dim at 6:45 p.m. for one minute, as a salute to Haimes.
Haimes joined Roundabout in 1983 as managing director, when the company was operating in rented space in Chelsea. He led the organization’s move to Broadway in 1991, when it began presenting shows at the now-defunct Criterion Center. In 2000, Haimes led the company’s expansion to the American Airlines Theatre. Under Haimes’ leadership, 50 Roundabout productions were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical, Revival of a Musical, Play or Revival of a Play — resulting in 11 wins.
During his career, Haimes was president of the board of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, a member of the Tony Awards Administration Committee and also served on the Broadway League Executive Committee.
“Todd Haimes was a force on Broadway,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said in a statement. “He led with an enthusiastic sense of imagination, determination and compassion, and his legacy will endure thanks to his incredible efforts in championing arts education and outreach as well as supporting emerging talent.”
“As a board and executive committee member of the Broadway League for the last 15 years, we will miss his voice of reason and his leadership greatly,” she continued. “As a colleague and friend to so many, the loss to our community is almost immeasurable. But we celebrate all that he did to make the magic come alive on Broadway eight times a week!”