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Neil Simon Theatre

250 W. 52nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1467

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by real estate mogul Alexander Pincus for Alex Aarons and Vinton Freedley. Original name, the Alvin Theatre, was culled from the "Al" of "Alex" and the "vin" of "Vinton." Financial woes forced Aarons and Freedley to sell in 1932. Owned by Herman Bernstein in 1947. Purchased by the Nederlanders in 1977, who renamed it (in 1983) for Neil Simon, whose plays had succeeded in the venue.

To learn more about the history of the Neil Simon Theatre, visit the Nederlander Organization's website and Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Neil Simon Theatre.

Built: 1927   

Theatre Names Named
Neil Simon Theatre
Named for Neil Simon, re-named Wednesday, June 23, 1983
1983
Alvin Theatre
Named for , Opened November 22, 1927
1927

Broadway Productions

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Play, Revival
Mar 25, 2018 -  

Angels in America: Perestroika
Play, Revival
Mar 25, 2018 -  

Cats
Musical, Revival
Jul 31, 2016 - Dec 30, 2017

The Illusionists - Live on Broadway
Special, Original, Magic
Nov 19, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016

Gigi
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 08, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015

The Last Ship
Musical, Original
Oct 26, 2014 - Jan 24, 2015

All The Way
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 06, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014

Big Fish
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 06, 2013 - Dec 29, 2013

Scandalous
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 15, 2012 - Dec 09, 2012

Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 22, 2012 - Jul 01, 2012

Catch Me If You Can
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 10, 2011 - Sep 04, 2011

Rain
Musical, Original, Concert, Tribute
Oct 26, 2010 - Jan 15, 2011

Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway
Special, Original, Concert, Solo
Jul 15, 2010 - Jul 31, 2010

Ragtime
Musical, Revival, Drama
Nov 15, 2009 - Jan 10, 2010

Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 15, 2002 - Jan 04, 2009

Elaine Stritch At Liberty
Special, Original, Solo, Play with music
Feb 21, 2002 - May 26, 2002

Mandy Patinkin in Concert
Special, Original, Concert, Solo
Sep 10, 2001 - Sep 10, 2001

The Music Man
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 27, 2000 - Dec 30, 2001

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 10, 1999 - Jan 02, 2000

Natalie Merchant
Special, Original, Concert
Jun 08, 1999 - Jun 13, 1999

Swan Lake
Musical, Original, Ballet
Oct 08, 1998 - Jan 23, 1999

A View From the Bridge
Play, Revival, Drama
Apr 15, 1998 - Aug 30, 1998

The King and I
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Drama
Apr 11, 1996 - Feb 22, 1998

Danny Gans on Broadway: The Man of Many Voices
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy, Impersonations
Nov 08, 1995 - Nov 12, 1995

Laurie Anderson on Broadway (The Nerve Bible)
Special, Original
Apr 06, 1995 - Apr 09, 1995

Basia on Broadway
Special, Original, Concert
Nov 14, 1994 - Nov 27, 1994

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Play, Original
May 01, 1994 - May 08, 1994

Cyrano - The Musical
Musical, Original
Nov 21, 1993 - Mar 20, 1994

Jake's Women
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 24, 1992 - Oct 25, 1992

Jackie Mason: Brand New
Special, Original, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy
Oct 17, 1990 - Jun 30, 1991

Don Cossacks
Special, Original, Dance
Jan 23, 1990 - Feb 04, 1990

Orpheus Descending
Play, Revival, Drama
Sep 24, 1989 - Dec 17, 1989

Senator Joe
Musical, Original
Never Officially Opened - Jan 08, 1989

Kenny Loggins on Broadway
Special, Original, Solo, Concert
Nov 01, 1988 - Nov 06, 1988

Ah, Wilderness!
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jun 23, 1988 - Jul 23, 1988

Long Day's Journey Into Night
Play, Revival, Drama
Jun 14, 1988 - Jul 23, 1988

Breaking the Code
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 15, 1987 - Apr 10, 1988

Mort Sahl on Broadway!
Special, Original, Comedy
Oct 11, 1987 - Nov 01, 1987

Blithe Spirit
Play, Revival, Comedy,Farce
Mar 31, 1987 - Jun 28, 1987

Into the Light
Musical, Original
Oct 22, 1986 - Oct 26, 1986

Biloxi Blues
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 28, 1985 - Jun 28, 1986

Alvin Theatre

Brighton Beach Memoirs
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 27, 1983 - Feb 24, 1985

Your Arms Too Short to Box With God
Musical, Revival
Sep 09, 1982 - Nov 07, 1982

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Musical, Original
Jul 08, 1982 - Jul 11, 1982

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 27, 1982 - May 30, 1982

Little Johnny Jones
Musical, Revival
Mar 21, 1982 - Mar 21, 1982

The Little Prince and the Aviator
Musical, Original
Never Officially Opened - Jan 17, 1982

Merrily We Roll Along
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 16, 1981 - Nov 28, 1981

Annie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 21, 1977 - Sep 13, 1981

Kings
Special, Original, Dance, Drama
Sep 27, 1976 - Oct 18, 1976

Shenandoah
Musical, Original
Jan 07, 1975 - Mar 27, 1977

The Freedom of the City
Play, Original
Feb 17, 1974 - Feb 23, 1974

Molly
Musical, Original
Nov 01, 1973 - Dec 29, 1973

Tricks
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 08, 1973 - Jan 13, 1973

Promenade, All!
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 16, 1972 - May 27, 1972

Company
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 26, 1970 - Jan 01, 1972

The Great White Hope
Play, Original
Oct 03, 1968 - Jan 31, 1970

The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N
Musical, Original
Apr 04, 1968 - Apr 27, 1968

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 16, 1967 - Jan 06, 1968

Sherry!
Musical, Original
Mar 28, 1967 - May 27, 1967

Dinner at Eight
Play, Revival, Comedy
Sep 27, 1966 - Jan 14, 1967

"It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 29, 1966 - Jul 17, 1966

The Yearling
Musical, Original
Dec 10, 1965 - Dec 11, 1965

Flora, The Red Menace
Musical, Original
May 11, 1965 - Jul 24, 1965

Maurice Chevalier at 77
Special, Original
Apr 01, 1965 - May 01, 1965

High Spirits
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 07, 1964 - Feb 27, 1965

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Musical, Original, Comedy, Farce
May 08, 1962 - Mar 07, 1964

New Faces of 1962
Musical, Original, Revue
Feb 01, 1962 - Feb 24, 1962

Giants, Sons of Giants
Play, Revival
Jan 06, 1962 - Jan 13, 1962

Irma La Douce
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 30, 1961 - Dec 31, 1961

Wildcat
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 16, 1960 - Jun 03, 1961

West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Oct 24, 1960 - Dec 10, 1960

Les Ballets Africains
Special, Revival, Dance, Ballet
Sep 26, 1960 - Oct 22, 1960

Greenwillow
Musical, Original, Comedy, Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Mar 08, 1960 - May 28, 1960

Once Upon a Mattress
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 25, 1959 - Feb 22, 1960

The Girls Against the Boys
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 02, 1959 - Nov 14, 1959

First Impressions
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 19, 1959 - May 30, 1959

Bells Are Ringing
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 15, 1958 - Mar 07, 1959

The Concert
Special, Original, Ballet
Sep 04, 1958 - Oct 11, 1958

Afternoon of a Faun
Special, Original, Ballet
Sep 04, 1958 - Oct 11, 1958

3 x 3
Special, Original, Ballet
Sep 04, 1958 - Oct 11, 1958

New York Export: Opus Jazz
Special, Original, Ballet
Sep 04, 1958 - Oct 11, 1958

Oh Captain!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 04, 1958 - Jul 19, 1958

Rumple
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 06, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957

No Time for Sergeants
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 20, 1955 - Sep 14, 1957

House of Flowers
Musical, Original
Dec 30, 1954 - May 21, 1955

The Golden Apple
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 20, 1954 - Aug 07, 1954

Kind Sir
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 04, 1953 - Mar 27, 1954

Two's Company
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 15, 1952 - Mar 08, 1953

Point of No Return
Play, Original
Dec 13, 1951 - Nov 22, 1952

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Musical, Original
Apr 19, 1951 - Dec 08, 1951

Darkness at Noon
Play, Original
Jan 13, 1951 - Mar 24, 1951

Mister Roberts
Play, Original
Feb 18, 1948 - Jan 06, 1951

Man and Superman
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 08, 1947 - Feb 14, 1948

Life With Father
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 17, 1947 - Jul 12, 1947

Joan of Lorraine
Play, Original, Drama, History
Nov 18, 1946 - May 10, 1947

Cyrano de Bergerac
Play, Revival, Drama
Oct 08, 1946 - Nov 16, 1946

A Flag Is Born
Play, Original
Sep 05, 1946 - Oct 05, 1946

Billion Dollar Baby
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 21, 1945 - Jun 29, 1946

Polonaise
Musical, Original
Oct 06, 1945 - Dec 02, 1945

Hollywood Pinafore
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 31, 1945 - Jul 14, 1945

The Firebrand of Florence
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 22, 1945 - Apr 28, 1945

The Tempest
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jan 25, 1945 - Mar 17, 1945

Sadie Thompson
Play, Original, Play with music
Nov 16, 1944 - Jan 06, 1945

The Maid as Mistress
Musical, Revival, Operetta
May 14, 1944 - May 21, 1944

The Secret of Suzanne
Musical, Revival, Operetta
May 14, 1944 - May 21, 1944

Helen Goes to Troy
Play, Original
Apr 24, 1944 - Jul 15, 1944

Jackpot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 13, 1944 - Mar 11, 1944

Something for the Boys
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 07, 1943 - Jan 08, 1944

Angna Enters
Special, Original, Dance
Dec 27, 1942 - Closing date unknown

Once Over Lightly
Musical, Original
Nov 19, 1942 - Nov 22, 1942

Laugh, Town, Laugh!
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 22, 1942 - Jul 25, 1942

Lady in the Dark
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 02, 1941 - May 30, 1942

Lady in the Dark
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 23, 1941 - Jun 15, 1941

There Shall Be No Night
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 09, 1940 - Nov 02, 1940

There Shall Be No Night
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 29, 1940 - Aug 09, 1940

The Fifth Column
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 06, 1940 - May 18, 1940

Very Warm for May
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 17, 1939 - Jan 06, 1940

George White's Scandals [1939]
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 28, 1939 - Nov 1939

The Boys from Syracuse
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 23, 1938 - Jun 10, 1939

I'd Rather Be Right
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 02, 1937 - May 1938

Red, Hot and Blue
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 29, 1936 - Apr 10, 1937

Dear Old Darling
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 02, 1936 - Mar 1936

Porgy and Bess
Musical, Original, Opera
Oct 10, 1935 - Jan 25, 1936

Anything Goes
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 21, 1934 - Sep 23, 1935

Mary of Scotland
Play, Original, Drama, History
Nov 27, 1933 - Jul 1934

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Play, Original, Melodrama, Play with music
May 29, 1933 - Jun 1933

Music in the Air
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 1932 - Mar 13, 1933

Mourning Becomes Electra
Play, Revival, Drama
May 09, 1932 - May 1932

Adam Had Two Sons
Play, Original
Jan 20, 1932 - Jan 1932

Tom Sawyer
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 25, 1931 - Dec 1931

Wonder Boy
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 22, 1931 - Nov 1931

Girl Crazy
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 14, 1930 - Jun 06, 1931

The Apple Cart
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 1930 - Closing date unknown

Heads Up
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 11, 1929 - Mar 15, 1930

Spring is Here
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 11, 1929 - Jun 08, 1929

Wings Over Europe
Play, Original
1929 - Closing date unknown

Treasure Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 1928 - Jan 05, 1929

Funny Face
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 22, 1927 - Jun 23, 1928

Benefits and Special Events

 

Alvin Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew
Play, Revival, Comedy, Benefit
Feb 05, 1940 - Feb 10, 1940

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