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The Neil Simon Theatre is located on the south side of 52nd Street, between
Broadway and 8th Avenue. It is number 3 on The Broadway Map
Best Seats In The House:
The Neil Simon Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,334. The best seats in the
theatre are located in orchestra C thru K as well as the front mezzanine.
Neil Simon Theatre Background:
The Alvin Theatre (later renamed to the Neil Simon Theatre) was opened in 1927
and named for Alex Aarons and Vinton Freedley who produced a string of hits
such as Lady Be Good, Tip Toes and Oh Kay, with scores by George and Ira Gershwin.
The producers lost control of the Alvin Theatre in 1932, due to the failure
of the show Pardon My English and the Great Depression that engulfed the U.S. in the early thirties. The Shubert Organization purchased
the Alvin Theatre, and in 1983 named it the Neil Simon Theatre for one of the
world’s most successful playwrights. Neil Simon has four Tony Awards,
two Emmys, a Screen Writers Guild Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. Neil Simon had
back to back productions at the theatre in the 1980s and the Neil Simon
Theatre is now part of the Nederlander Organization.
Previous Shows at the Neil Simon Theatre:
Many great musicals have opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, formerly known as the Alvin. The
hit musical Funny Face, by George and Ira Gershwin, was the opening show
Alvin Theatre. The 1934 production of Anything Goes was a Depression-era
hit with Ethel Merman, in her Broadway debut, delivering the title song. A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened in 1962 and won six Tony Awards,
including one for Zero Mostel, the star of the musical. The 1977 production
of Annie won the Tony for best musical; Brighton Beach Memoirs, a Neil
was the first production at the Neil Simon Theatre, and won a Tony for star Matthew
Broderick in 1983; and in 1985, Biloxi Blues, another Neil Simon hit, won
a Tony for director Gene Saks. Notable productions since then include Simon's Jake's Women, Danny Gans on Broadway, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Hairspray, and Catch Me If You Can.
Directions to the Neil Simon Theatre:
By Take the C, E, or 1 trains to 50th Street. Walk north to 52nd Street, then
east to the Neil Simon Theatre. It is across the street from the August Wilson Theatre.
The Neil Simon Theatre has a red brick facade, dominated by three double
height arched windows. It was built with a spacious lobby in black marble.
The auditorium is wide and deep with a single balcony. Since it has a large
stage and an orchestra pit that can accommodate forty-eight musicians, the
Neil Simon Theatre is ideal for the production of large musicals.
The restrooms at the Neil Simon Theatre are located upstairs and downstairs, however, there are no facilities on the orchestra level. The theatre has no elevators or escalators and the main bar of the concession stand is located on the lower lounge.
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