Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Neil Simon Theatre Information, Shows and Tickets

Directions & Box Office

  • Directions: 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.
  • Entrance: 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. The Neil Simon Theatre is located on the south side of 52nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
  • Box Office Hours:
    Monday - Saturday:
    10am - 8pm
    12pm - 6pm

Best Seats In The House

  • Seats: 1428

The best seats in the theatre are located in orchestra rows C thru K as well as the first the front mezzanine rows.

Neil Simon Theatre Seating Chart

Neil Simon Theatre Seating Chart

Parking for Neil Simon Theatre

The closest parking garages for Neil Simon Theatre are located at:

52 Broadway Garage Corp.
233 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
159 West 53th Street
New York, NY 10019

The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.

Additional Notes

The are restrooms at the Neil Simon Theatre located both upstairs and downstairs, however, there are no facilities on the orchestra level.

Landlord: Nederlander Organization

Official Ticketer: Ticketmaster


The theatre is named after one of Broadway's most successful playwrights, Neil Simon, who's career was at its zenith from 1963 to 1985 and included such shows as Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite and The Sunshine Boys.

This theatre has suffered in recent years with a lack of hit shows and poor attendance until MJ The Musical began in December 2021.

Elevator: No

Escalator: No

Disabled Access Notes:

The theatre has no elevators or escalators and the main bar of the concession stand is located on the lower lounge making accessibility often a challenge.

Now Playing MJ: The Musical

  • Previews Began: December 6, 2021
  • Opens: February 1, 2022
  • Show Closes: Open ended
Jukebox musical about Michael Jackson preparing for his 1992 “Dangerous Tour” amid his pain killer drug addiction and during the time of the allegations of child molestation …more
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Previous Shows

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays (2019)

  • Opened: November 29, 2019
  • Show Closed: January 5, 2020
Holiday show featuring seven world-class magicians where they perform mind-boggling tricks, breathtaking acts and other remarkable stunts. …more

The Cher Show

  • Opened: December 3, 2018
  • Show Closed: August 18, 2019
The Cher Show depicts the life of globally renowned singer, actress, and star personality Cher while covering the hit music throughout her career. …more

Angels in America

  • Opened: March 25, 2018
  • Show Closed: July 15, 2018
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika is a two-part masterpiece written by Tony Kushner, revived on Broadway for the first time since its TV debut in 1993. The two …more

Cats (2016)

  • Opened: July 31, 2016
  • Show Closed: December 30, 2017
Since its inception, Cats has astounded audiences with its captivating songs, stories and visual spectacle. The show presents a special breed of cats known as “Jellicle Cats,” who sing about …more

The Illusionists: Live on Broadway (2015)

  • Opened: November 19, 2015
  • Show Closed: January 3, 2016
The Illusionists – Live on Broadway features seven of the world’s most talented illusionists performing feats of magic, remarkable stunts, and other breathtaking acts. This show has traveled around the …more


  • Opened: April 8, 2015
  • Show Closed: June 21, 2015
GiGi is the story of a young woman living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. As per her family tradition, she is destined to become a courtesan. …more

The Last Ship

  • Opened: October 26, 2014
  • Show Closed: January 24, 2015
The Last Ship takes place in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend in Newcastle, England, and tells the story of the working class shipyard community who have built ships for generations until …more

Ragtime (2009)

  • Opened: November 15, 2009
  • Show Closed: January 10, 2010
Set at the dawn of the 20th century, Ragtime featuring rollicking ragtime music and soaring ballads. Weaving historical figures like Emma Goldman and Booker T. Washington into a fictional tale …more


  • Opened: August 15, 2002
  • Show Closed: January 4, 2009
Hairspray the musical follows Tracy, a teenage girl, from the stage of a 1960's dance show to an R&B record shop and along the streets of Baltimore. …more

Neil Simon Theatre History

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.

Producers Lose Control

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.

Notable Shows

Many great musicals have opened at the Neil Simon Theatre (and formerly known as the Alvin).

The hit musical Funny Face, by George and Ira Gershwin, was the opening show at the 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 Simon play, 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, Catch Me If You Can and MJ The Musical.

Since the theatre 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.

Neil Simon Theatre Design

The Neil Simon Theatre has a red brick façade, 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.