If you are a theater lover and planning a stay at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, then you will be perfectly positioned for a great New York visit filled with some of the best theater in the world.
One such place to enjoy an evening out is the Neil Simon Theater, just a few steps away from the Washington Jefferson. Back in 1927 the theater opened as the Alvin, but in 1983 it was renamed in honor of one of America’s most prolific playwrights, Neil Simon.
The name change came as a result of a highly successful run of Neil Simon’s first play of his autobiographical trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs. In 1985 the second installment was performed at the newly named theater, Biloxi Blues. Jake’s Women, Simon’s third and final segment opened at the theater in 1992.
Beginning in 2000 the Neil Simon Theater has hosted musicals with two of the best Broadway shows, the well-received revival of The Music Man, and Hairspray, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Beginning on March 22 at the Neil Simon Theater will be a brand new production of one of Broadway’s favorite Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice shows, Jesus Christ Super Star. The theater is located at 250 West 52nd Street, a five minute walk from Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel.