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Neil Simon Theatre

  • Theater
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4
Neil Simon Theatre

Time Out says

Since 1927, this 1,445-seater was known as the Alvin. It was renamed in 1983 to honor America’s most prolific playwright, Neil Simon, following the successful run of Brighton Beach Memoirs. From 2002-09, Hairspray played there, its longest resident to date.


250 W 52nd St
New York
Cross street:
between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, R to 49th St
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals
  • Open run

Broadway review by Adam Feldman The authorized biomusical MJ wants very much to freeze Michael Jackson in 1992: It’s a King of Pop-sical. The show begins on a note of truculent evasion. Jackson, played by the gifted Broadway newcomer Myles Frost, is in rehearsal for his Dangerous tour—a year before the superstar was first publicly accused of sexually abusing a minor—and the number they run is “Beat It,” a song about the importance of avoiding conflict. “Showin’ how funky strong is your fight,” sings Michael, prefiguring the musical’s approach to his life. “It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right.”  When the song is done, Michael speaks with an MTV reporter (Whitney Bashor) who has landed a rare interview with him. “With respect, I wanna keep this about my music,” he says. “Is it really possible to separate your life from your music?” she asks, preempting a question on many minds, and his reply is a slice of “Tabloid Junkie”: “Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on a TV screen, don’t make it factual.” And that, more or less, is that. Expertly directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, MJ does about as well as possible within its careful brief. In and of itself, it is a deftly crafted jukebox nostalgia trip. Lynn Nottage’s script weaves together three dozen songs, mostly from the Jackson catalog. The music and the dancing are sensational. And isn’t that, the show suggests, really the point in the end? Doesn’t that beat all? MJ is manifestly aimed at peopl

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