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Neil Simon Theatre Tours

Neil Simon Theatre
Named for one of Broadway’s most beloved playwrights, the Neil Simon Theatre has been staging Tony Award–winning productions for decades, including revivals of The Music Man, Hairspray, and Cats. Whether you buy show tickets, or just stop by on a Broadway walking tour, definitely put this historic theater on your New York City itinerary.

The Basics

Opened in 1927 as the Alvin Theatre, today the Neil Simon Theatre boasts the coveted New York City Landmark designation. As with many Broadway theaters, it’s not much to look at from the outside, but inside, theatergoers can expect an unparalleled experience, regardless of the show.

Purchase tickets in advance: online, at the box office, or at a TKTS booth. Even if you don’t plan to see a show, neighborhood walking tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours are a good way to explore the Theater District.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Attending a show at the Neil Simon Theatre is a must-do for theater lovers.
  • Be sure to arrive on time—seats are held for only 22 minutes.
  • No outside food or drink is allowed in the theater.
  • Accessible seating is available, although there’s no elevator to the mezzanine level.
  • The theater doesn't have an official dress code, but err on the side of dressing up. Think business casual.

How to Get There

The best way to get to the theater is by subway. Take the C or E train to the 50th Street station, or the B or D train to the 7th Avenue station. The theater is located on 52nd Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, a short walk from either subway stop.

When to Get There
The Neil Simon Theatre stages shows several times a week, throughout the year, with matinee and evening performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The theater is dark on Mondays. Shows are busiest on weekends and around the holidays. For fewer crowds, attend a midweek performance.

What to See in Midtown
The Theater District is nestled into Midtown Manhattan, which is packed with must-see attractions within blocks of the Neil Simon Theatre. Don’t miss Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the heart of Times Square. And while you’re there, be sure to stop by the TKTS booth, where you can snag discounted same-day tickets to numerous Broadway shows.
Address: 250 W 52nd St, New York City 10019, USA
Admission: Varies
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