Neil Simon Theatre
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Laura S
New York City, NY19 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
5stars + for this wonderful show… music and dancing were a fitting homage to the king of pop… thought provoking and inspiring trip down memory lane for all who loved MJs music… book it now!!!
Written June 7, 2023
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Cecelia D
4 contributions
Mar 2023
Tip: Deal directly with the box office to purchase tickets.
The box office clerk was wonderful. She offered me a great ticket option (orchestra center, row C, seat 112). The leg room was great and I experienced MJ as I could never have imagined. It was nice being up front, seeing the action on stage and feeling the rhythm of the music.
Written March 12, 2023
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Irina
United States10,319 contributions
Jan 2023
"MJ" was the last Broadway musical I saw at the end of my recent visit to New York City. I am glad I saw it.

Neil Simon Theatre (est. 1927) is one of the Broadway theatres in the Theatre District of Midtown Manhattan; it was named after a renowned American playwright Neil Simon in 1983. The auditorium capacity of the theatre is 1,467 seats. I managed to get the ticket for the Center Orchestra seat in Row D, with a perfect view of the stage.

A highly popular musical "MJ" has already won four Tony Awards in 2022, including the Best Actor Myles Frost. The show that I attended had an understudy actor Jamaal Fields-Green, starring in the main role of MJ. In fact, there were three actors performing the role of MJ in this musical: Michael Jackson as a child, as a teenager, and as MJ. All three performers were excellent.

It is not my intention to closely analyze the general reception of this musical, neither by the critics, nor by the public. Opinions matter -- opinions differ.

Commenting on the artistic and music sides of the show, I would like to highly praise Jamaal Fields-Green, who had a very challenging task to play the major character in his Broadway debut. The young actor is very talented, and he is a very strong performer, strikingly magnetic in his breathtaking dancing and singing. He did his best -- and he was genuinely awarded with continuous rounds of applause during the show. In "Beat It" and in "Billy Jean" the actor was mesmerizing.

The whole show, based on the book by Lynn Nottage, was superbly directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Exceptionally strong was the Ensemble of actors, performing Jackson Five and giving a remarkably outstanding presentation of "Thriller"!

The complex subject of the narrative , that was not only about the music talent of The King of Pop, but also about his life, is beyond the scope of my review. For me, it was important to perceive, feel and enjoy the show as "About Music" and MJ in it.

And I did. I liked and enjoyed it very much -- the music is unforgettable, the MJ genius was played brilliantly by the talented cast, played to the best of all actors talents. "MJ" is one of the strongest Broadway productions in Neil Simon Theatre.

I am so glad I saw it.

Thank You For The Music!
Written February 24, 2023
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Timbo3765
Pershore, UK655 contributions
Oct 2022
Visited this theatre to see MJ (The Michael Jackson musical). Aramie Payton who played MJ was brilliant in song and dance. Theatre was quite cramped as most are but the toilets just can't cope with the volume of people, men's and womens both. Great long queues making it nigh on impossible to get any where near the bar. We couldn't so didn't buy drinks. Very poor. Music of MJ was very good though the backing bad was too loud.
Written January 21, 2023
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Joann K
Pacifica, CA19 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
We actually just planned on seeing Wicked at the Gerschwin, but were able to get last minute tickets to see MJ at the Neil Simon theater. The theater, itself, is a lovely old building with a domed roof and a beauriful crystal chandelier.

The understudy playing MJ (Jamaal Fields-Green) brought the role to life. His dancing, singing, and acting of this role were phenomenal. Go see this play....it is so worth your time.
Written January 11, 2023
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RnWP
788 contributions
Oct 2022
Went to the Neil Simon Theatre to see MJ The Musical while in NYC. The theatre was good, staff friendly and the show fabulous it really is a must see if in NYC. Electric atmosphere from beginning to end would highly recommend.
Written October 16, 2022
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Amedee170
Rosedale, NY247 contributions
Aug 2022
The thretre has the Michael Jackson musical and it is fabulos. The staff that work at the theater is so helpful and polite. Great experience. I will go back to see MJ again.
Written August 13, 2022
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SunilnRiss
Reisterstown, MD354 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The theater is a few blocks out from the other theaters but still close to Times Square. The theater ceiling is beautiful and the staff was nice. The show was FANTASTIC and I mean, go see it twice good. Make sure you check it out
Written July 2, 2022
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EKSKS21
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,414 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Absolutely worthwhile going to see this highly entertaining musical
Singers all great but lady who took part as MJ Mum has an amazing voice as did the young boy playing Michael in his early years
Superb show throughout

Theatre interior very ornate
Masks requited throughout performance
Written June 1, 2022
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srpanderson70
Milton, FL301 contributions
May 2022
The staff was friendly, organized and was able to get the people off the streets and into the theatre and in the right direction for seating in a timely manner. The theatre was nice and clean and had great aisle staff that was very helpful and friendly. The show itself was phenomenal!! The only con was the bathroom situation, but that is to be expected.
Written May 18, 2022
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