This theatre opened as the Alvin in 1927 with Adele and Fred Astaire in "Funny Face." In 1935, it housed the premiere of the American folk opera "Porgy and Bess" and has sinced housed many other Broadway premieres including "Anything Goes" in 1934, "Once Upon A Mattress" in 1959, "Company" in 1970, and "Annie" in 1977. The theatre was renamed in 1977 for the American playwright Neil Simon. Recently, it's seen productions of "The Music Man," "Hairspray," and "Ragtime."
There are no steps into the theatre from the sidewalk. Wheelchair accessible seating is located in the Orchestra only, and these are the only seats that no not involve steps. A wheelchair accessible restroom is located on the main level, house left. Additional restrooms are located on the Mezzanine level and in the Lower Lounge. An assisted listening system is available. An ï¿½Audio Descriptionï¿½ is also available for guests who are blind or partially-sighted.