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Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway) - Theater Information

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Address:
250 W. 52nd St.

New York, NY 10019

BUILT: 1927

SEATING CAPACITY: 1467
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Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway) History

Christened the Alvin in 1927, the Neil Simon Theatre was renamed in 1983 to honor America's most prolific playwright, following the successful engagement of Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first play of an autobiographical trilogy about his youth with his family. Fittingly, in 1985, the second play of Mr. Simon's trilogy, Biloxi Blues, played there successfully. In 1992, Mr. Simon returned again with his play Jake's Women. Since 2000, the Neil Simon has been filled with music and dancing as the home to two of Broadway's most popular productions, namely the acclaimed revival of The Music Man and the Tony Award winning Best Musical Hairspray. 

Hairspray played the Neil Simon Theatre from August 15, 2002 to January 4, 2009, a total of 2,642 performances. Hairspray features music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. The musical was based on John Waters's 1988 film. The show starred Marissa Jaret WinokurHarvey FiersteinMatthew MorrisonKerry ButlerLaura Bell BundyJackie Hoffman, and more!

The legendary Ethel Merman made her Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre (then the Alvin) in the 1930 George and Ira Gershwin musical, Girl Crazy! The world was introduced to the iconic Ethel Merman as she belted out 'I Got Rhythm' and more. The musical also starred Ginger Rogers, and spawned many film versions, most notably the 1943 adaptation starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.



What Shows Played the Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)

DATES PRODUCTION
? - ? MJ the Musical (2022)
? - ? The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays (2019)
2/23/2018 - 7/15/2018 Angels in America (2018)
7/14/2016 - 12/30/2017 Cats (2016)
11/19/2015 - 1/3/2016 The Illusionists (2015)
3/19/2015 - 6/21/2015 Gigi (2015)
9/29/2014 - 1/24/2015 The Last Ship (2014)
2/10/2014 - 6/29/2014 All the Way (2014)
9/5/2013 - 12/29/2013 Big Fish (2013)
10/13/2012 - 12/9/2012 Scandalous (2012)
3/1/2012 - 7/1/2012 Jesus Christ Superstar (2012)
3/11/2011 - 9/4/2011 Catch Me If You Can (2011)
10/19/2010 - 1/15/2011 Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (2010)
7/15/2010 - 7/31/2010 Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert (2010)
10/23/2009 - 1/10/2010 Ragtime (2009)
7/18/2002 - 1/4/2009 Hairspray (2002)
2/6/2002 - 5/27/2002 Elaine Stritch At Liberty (2002)
9/10/2001 - 9/10/2001 Mandy Patinkin in Concert (2001)
4/5/2000 - 12/30/2001 The Music Man (2000)
9/10/1999 - 1/2/2000 The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999)
6/8/1999 - 6/13/1999 Natalie Merchant (1999)
9/26/1998 - 1/23/1999 Swan Lake (1998)
4/3/1998 - 8/30/1998 A View From the Bridge (1997)
3/19/1996 - 2/22/1998 The King and I (1996)
10/27/1995 - 11/12/1995 Danny Gans on Broadway: The Man of Many Voices (1995)
4/6/1995 - 4/9/1995 Laurie Anderson on Broadway (The Nerve Bible) (1995)
11/14/1994 - 11/27/1994 Basia on Broadway (1994)
4/15/1994 - 5/8/1994 The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (1994)
10/19/1993 - 3/20/1994 Cyrano - The Musical (1993)
3/12/1992 - 10/25/1992 Jake's Women (1992)
10/9/1990 - 6/30/1991 Jackie Mason: Brand New (1990)
1/23/1990 - 2/4/1990 Don Cossacks (1990)
9/13/1989 - 12/17/1989 Orpheus Descending (1989)
1/6/1989 - 1/8/1989 Senator Joe ()
11/1/1988 - 11/6/1988 Kenny Loggins on Broadway (1988)
6/15/1988 - 7/23/1988 Ah, Wilderness! (1988)
6/11/1988 - 7/23/1988 Long Day's Journey Into Night (1988)
11/7/1987 - 4/10/1988 Breaking the Code (1987)
10/7/1987 - 11/1/1987 Mort Sahl on Broadway! (1987)
3/10/1987 - 6/28/1987 Blithe Spirit (1987)
10/9/1986 - 10/26/1986 Into the Light (1986)
3/19/1985 - 6/28/1986 Biloxi Blues (1985)
? - ? The Cher Show (2018)


Frequently Asked Questions

What show is currently in Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)?
Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)'s current show is The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays which opened on 11/29/2019.

What when was Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway) built?
Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway) was built in 1927.

How many seats does Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway) have?
Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway) has 1467 seats.

What were the longest running shows at Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)?
Hairspray which ran from 8/15/2002 to 1/4/2009, The King and I which ran from 4/11/1996 to 2/22/1998, The Music Man which ran from 4/27/2000 to 12/30/2001, Cats which ran from 7/31/2016 to 12/30/2017 and Biloxi Blues which ran from 3/28/1985 to 6/28/1986,

What are the box office hours for Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)?
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

What accessibility options are there at Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)?

The Neil Simon Theatre is committed to the needs of patrons with disabilities. Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.

All accessible seating locations may be purchased online, pending availability: Buy tickets for MJ. If you do not see accessible seats available for a selected performance, it means that performance is sold out of accessible tickets and you should try selecting a different performance.

Wheelchair locations are available in the orchestra section of the theatre (pending availability). You may purchase one wheelchair and three companion seats per order if available.

For guests with limited mobility, there are seats available with movable/folding armrests (“Aisle transfer seats”) in these locations: Orchestra C101, C113, J2, L101, L115, P2, S2; Mezzanine F101, F124, H2, T1, T2, T101, T127.

For low vision, Deaf, and hard of hearing guests, accessible seats are available in the Orchestra Row B 2 – 8 and C 110-113.

There is no elevator or escalator to the mezzanine. The mezzanine is only accessible by using stairs.

The Neil Simon Theatre is equipped with one wheelchair-accessible restroom on the Orchestra level (house left), as well as wide stalls in the male and female restrooms.

Theatre representatives are available to meet patrons with disabilities in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas.

Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals. Please inform your ticket sales representative if any accommodations are required.

Infrared headsets for sound augmentation are available at the theatre, free of charge. Photo identification is required as a deposit. For patrons with a tele coil, this theatre is equipped with an induction loop. Please set your device to “T”.

This theatre offers automated closed captioning and audio description via I-Caption or on your personal mobile device with the GalaPro App.  Download from the App Store or Google Play.

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