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Neil Simon Theatre
Few names are more iconic in show business than Neil Simon, and this theater more than lives up to its namesake.
Designed by Herbert J. Krapp and built by Alexander H. Pincus, the Neil Simon Theatre opened in 1927 under the name The Alvin. The theatre was to be the home of the musical comedies by second-generation showman Alex Aarons and Philadelphia-born Vinton Freedley, two producers who met with much success on Broadway. The original name of the theatre was a combination of both of their names. On June 29, 1983, the theatre was renamed in honor of American playwright Neil Simon, who went on to write many successful shows later staged at the theatre.
The theatre’s long history of success began with Funny Face in 1927 starring Fred Astaire. That history is rich with hit productions and famous performers, including stars Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, and Matthew Broderick and productions like Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, its sequel, Biloxi Blues, and the hit musicals Annie, which won several Tony Awards and with a run of 2,377 performances, and Hairspray, with 2,642 performances.
The Neil Simon Theatre features an elegant interior design with raised plaster detailing and a grand mural positioned above the proscenium arch. The auditorium houses 1,445 cushioned seats in a two-tiered formation with wheelchair-accessible seats located at the back of the Orchestra section. The exterior of the building is constructed from red brick with white terra cotta ornamentation in an English-American style.
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
The Neil Simon Theatre is located at 250 West 52nd Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway. Parking is available in several parking garages within walking distance of the theatre. There are also several hotels within walking distance of the Neil Simon Theatre, perfect for visitors from out-of-town.
Taking public transit to the Neil Simon Theatre is easy and convenient. The N, R, and W trains stop only a few blocks away from the Neil Simon Theater at the corner of West 49th Street and Broadway. The C and E trains have stops at the corner of West 50th Street and 8th Avenue, and the 1 train stops at the corner of West 50th Street and Broadway. The B, D, F, and V trains all stop at West 47th Street and the Avenue of the Americas, only a ten-minute walk from the Neil Simon Theatre. The N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, S, B, D, F, and V trains also provide service to the station at West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, just over ten minutes from the theatre.
Recent Performances at the Neil Simon Theatre The Last Ship (2014) Big Fish (2013) Scandalous: The Musical (2012) Jesus Christ Superstar (2012) Catch Me If You Can (2011) RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles (2010-2011) Ragtime (2009-2010) Hairspray (2002-2009) Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2002) The Music Man (2001)