Inside the Theatre, the photo feature series that documents Broadway’s historic playhouses, continues with the Neil Simon Theatre.
Playbill’s Inside the Theatre captures the dazzling architecture and unseen details of the world’s most famous theatres, taking you inside all 40 of Broadway's currently-operating houses.
The Neil Simon opened in 1927 as the Alvin, an amalgamated name for producers Alex Aaron and Vinton Freely. Designed by Herbert J. Krapp, the theatre became known as one of Manhattan’s most illustrious musical comedy houses for its ample orchestra pit and spacious stage. Throughout its history, the theatre welcomed the Broadway debuts of many stars including Ethel Merman and Liza Minnelli. In 1983, the theatre opened Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and renamed the theatre in his honor.