11 Facts About Alvin Theatre


Neil Simon Theatre, originally the Alvin Theatre, is a Broadway theater at 250 West 52nd Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

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The Alvin was further sold in 1967 to Rock-Time Inc and in 1975 to the Nederlanders.

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Neil Simon Alvin Theatre is on 250 West 52nd Street, on the south sidewalk between Eighth Avenue and Broadway, in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City.

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Neil Simon Theatre, originally the Alvin Theatre, was designed by Herbert J Krapp and was constructed in 1927.

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The Alvin Theatre was one of the later theaters to be built before the Depression.

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The Alvin Theatre opened on November 22,1927, with Funny Face; that show ran for 250 performances.

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The Alvin Theatre hosted two musicals by Rodgers and Hart in the late 1930s.

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Alvin Theatre's first production of the 1940s was a limited run of The Taming of the Shrew in February 1940, staged by acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne for the Finnish Relief Fund.

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The next year, the Alvin Theatre hosted Ira Gershwin, Moss Hart, and Kurt Weill's psychiatry-themed musical Lady in the Dark; featuring Gertrude Lawrence, it had 467 performances.

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The Alvin Theatre hosted Porter's musical Something for the Boys with Ethel Merman in January 1943, appearing for 422 performances.

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Three shows opened at the Alvin Theatre that year: the Sidney Kingsley play Darkness at Noon, the musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and the Paul Osborn play Point of No Return.

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