|(above photos image credit: TheHopefulTraveler)|
Many remember the Alvin Theatre when it hosted the opening run of the musical 'Annie' (1977) which played the venue for three years before moving to three other theatres during its nearly six-year run of 2,377 performances.
That performance count was topped when the musical 'Hairspray'opened at the Neil Simon Theatre in 2002 for a run of of 2,652 performances without a change in venue. The show also won eight Tony Awards.
The first two shows I ever saw at the Neil Simon Theatre were two glorious musical revivals 'The King and I ' (1996) starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy and featuring a sumptuous production design; and 'The Music Man' (2000) starring Craig Bierko and featured a memorable finale when the entire cast appeared dressed as a marching band toting trombones to play the show's signature tune, "Seventy-Six Trombones."
The theatre is located at 250 West 52nd Street in New York City. A 2002 renovation increased the seating capacity to 1,445 patrons. The before and after photos below show where the additional rows were added. The venue is one of nine theatres owned by the Nederlander Organization. The theatre's official online ticketing service is through ticketmaster.com.
|A 2002 renovation added seats with additional rows in the rear|
|An additional row of seats in the center mezzanine added during the|
|Added exit doors made this side alley into a new entrance/exit.|
(above three images: sachsmorganstudio.com)
|The lounge downstairs from the orchestra.|