Since 1927, this theatre was known as the Alvin. It was renamed in 1983 to honor America’s most prolific playwright, Neil Simon, 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.
Refunds/Exchanges The Neil Simon Theatre does not provide ticket refunds or exchanges.
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Refunds are not granted in the event of cast replacements.
Dress Code There is no dress code at the theatre. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The theatre is air-conditioned during the summer months.
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
There will be a strict late seating hold for those who are not in their purchased seat when the Act begins. For Act I, the hold is approximately 22 minutes. The hold for Act II is approximately 10 minutes. Patrons will be held in the promenade or upper lobby (depending on the seats purchased) in which the patron will be able to view the show on a monitor.
Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in the Neil Simon Theatre.
Concessions Bars are located on the theatre’s lower lounge and in the Orchestra and Mezzanine lobby where refreshments may be purchased. However, water is the only beverage that is permitted in the auditorium. The bars begin serving patrons 30 minutes before the performance begins.
Merchandise is available throughout the theatre.
Restrooms are located on the lower lounge and the Mezzanine level of the theatre.
Cloakroom service is not available.
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Patron Security: For the protection of our patrons, theatre managers and private security personnel are on duty during all performances.
All bags will be inspected upon arrival. Luggage, shopping bags, and other large packages that will not fit comfortably with you at your seat will not be checked or allowed inside the theatre. For your convenience, please make other arrangements for these items before arriving.
Do not leave your personal bags (purses, backpacks) unattended while in the theatre.
House Manager: Tim Martin
Treasurer: Ed Waxman
Head Usher: Trish Ryan
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1501 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 840-5577
On Wednesday, June 29, 1983, the former Alvin Theatre was renamed the Neil Simon, in honor of the playwright who has since enjoyed several hits at this theatre, which is owned by the Messrs. Nederlander.
Recent productions here include Elaine Stritch at Liberty; The Music Man; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Swan Lake; A View From the Bridge; The King and I; Cyrano; Rise and Fall of Little Voice; Jake’s Women, starring Alan Alda; Jackie Mason: Brand New; Vanessa Redgrave in Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending; Ah, Wilderness! and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards; Derek Jacobi in Breaking the Code; a revival of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, starring Richard Chamberlain and Geraldine Page; Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, both with Matthew Broderick; the successful gospel musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God; the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along; the gold mine called Annie by Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse, which received Tonys for Best Musical, Score, Sets, Costumes, Choreography and Best Actress (Dorothy Loudon) and ran 2,377 performances.
Other 1970s productions included Shenandoah starring John Cullum (Tony Award) and Company by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Hal Prince, which won seven Tonys.
During the 1960s, Lucille Ball made her Broadway debut here in the musical Wildcat, followed by the hysterical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the multi-Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, Larry Gelbart, and Burt Shevelove, starring Zero Mostel, David Burns, and Jack Gilford; Beatrice Lillie in her last Broadway show, High Spirits, a musical version of Blithe Spirit, costarring Tammy Grimes and Edward Woodward; Liza Minnelli in her Tony–winning Broadway debut in Flora, the Red Menace; Tom Stoppard’s Tony–winning play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; and Howard Sackler’s Pulitzer Prize winner The Great White Hope, starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander (both won Tony Awards).
Highlights of the 1950s included Claude Rains (Tony Award) in Darkness at Noon; Shirley Booth in the musical version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Henry Fonda in Point of No Return; Bette Davis in an ill-fated revue, Two’s Company; Mary Martin and Charles Boyer in Norman Krasna’s Kind Sir; The Golden Apple, a musical that won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award; House of Flowers, the Truman Capote/Harold Arlen musical, starring Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll; Andy Griffith in Ira Levin’s long-running comedy No Time for Sergeants; and the musical Oh, Captain, starring Tony Randall, Abbe Lane, Susan Johnson, and Alexandra Danilova.
Gems of the 1940s: Gertrude Lawrence and Danny Kaye in the dazzling Lady in the Dark; the Lunts and Montgomery Clift in the Pulitzer Prize–winning play There Shall Be No Night; Ethel Merman in Cole Porter’s Something for the Boys; Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Lorraine; Henry Fonda in Mister Roberts. In 1935 Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess premiered here; in 1930 Merman made her debut in Gershwin’s Girl.
Written by Louis Botto
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