Prince of Broadway (musical)

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Prince of Broadway
Book David Thompson
Premiere October 23, 2015 (2015-10-23): Japan
Productions 2015 Japan
2017 Broadway

Prince of Broadway is a musical revue showcasing the producing career of Harold Prince. Prince himself directs the production.

The show features a book by two-time Tony Award nominee David Thompson and is co-directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman. Jason Robert Brown is the musical’s arranger, musical director, and orchestrator.

The musical premiered in October 2015 in Japan and will make its Broadway debut on August 3, 2017 at theManhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Synopsis[edit]

According to the musical's official site, in Prince of Broadway, “Harold Prince is a legend in the American theatre – the acclaimed director and producer behind a long list of America’s most iconic musicals and the winner of a staggering, record-breaking 21 Tony Awards. Now, he’s bringing together six decades of magical moments in a new musical event, Prince of Broadway. This thrilling night of theatre includes fully staged hits from such celebrated musicals as West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and more, in an unforgettable tribute to an unmatched Broadway career. The show features a book by two-time Tony nominee David Thompson (Chicago), co-direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers), direction by Prince himself, and new songs by three-time Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County).”

Background[edit]

The Broadway premiere was announced in March 2012 for November 2012 but did not get a full-scale production due to lack of funding until late 2015 when it opened in Tokyo, Japan. Two teams of producers tried and failed to raise the show’s projected $13 million budget for Broadway. Much of the pre-Broadway cast was replaced.

The musical was originally supposed to open in Toronto and New York in 2012 until its lead producer abandoned the project. A replacement set of producers was announced in May 2012, with a target date of fall 2013 for Broadway.[1]

Productions[edit]

The Tokyu Theatre Orb presented the revue in a limited engagement. The production ran from October 23 until November 22, 2015. The production than transferred to Osaka, Japan where it played the Umeda Arts Theatre’s Main Hall from November 28 until December 10, 2015.

The Manhattan Theatre Club and Gorgeous Entertainment announced that the revue will begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on August 3, 2017, prior to an August 24, 2017 opening night.

Musical numbers[edit]

Japan 2015[edit]

Source: Theatre-Orb[2]

Original Cast[edit]

Cancelled Broadway Premiere (2012)[3] Japan (2015)[4] Broadway (2017)
Sebastian Arcelus
Sierra Boggess
Daniel Breaker
Josh Grisetti
Shuler Hensley
Richard Kind
Amanda Kloots-Larsen
LaChanze
Linda Lavin
Caroline O'Connor
David Pittu
Emily Skinner
Josh Grisetti
Shuler Hensley
Masachika Ichimura
Ramin Karimloo
Nancy Opel
Bryonha Marie Parham
Emily Skinner
Mariand Torres
Kaley Ann Voorhess
Tony Yazbeck
Reon Yuzuki
Chuck Cooper
Janet Dacal
Bryonha Marie Parham
Emily Skinner
Brandon Uranowitz
Kaley Ann Voorhess
Michael Xavier
Tony Yazbeck
Karen Ziemba

References[edit]

  1. ^ Healy, Patrick (March 29, 2013). "‘Prince of Broadway’ Is Becoming King of Delays". New York Times. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Songs". http://theatre-orb.com/. Tokyu Theatre Orb. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Linda Lavin, Sierra Boggess, LaChanze & More Lead PRINCE OF BROADWAY this Fall; First Casting Revealed!". broadwayworld.org. Broadway World. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Cast". http://theatre-orb.com/. Tokyu Theatre Orb. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.  External link in |work= (help)

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