Prince of Broadway, the Retrospective of Hal Prince Showstoppers, Will Skip Tryout and Launch on Broadway

News   Prince of Broadway, the Retrospective of Hal Prince Showstoppers, Will Skip Tryout and Launch on Broadway Prince of Broadway, the new musical celebrating the work of Broadway director and producer Harold "Hal" Prince, will open directly on Broadway in November 2012 and will forgo the pre-Broadway engagement in Toronto, producers Aubrey Dan, Martyn Hayes and Peter W. Lamb, of Dancap Productions Inc., announced on Jan. 23.

Harold Prince
Harold Prince Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Dan, president of the Canadian-based Dancap Productions, said in a statement, "As Prince of Broadway has developed over the past year, we have come to the conclusion that the show must go directly to Broadway. Over the past year, the scale of the show has grown so considerably that the costs of a pre-Broadway tryout no longer make financial sense. While we are, of course, disappointed that the production won't premiere in Toronto, the financial implications coupled with the creative team and acting company schedules necessitated this revised plan to open directly on Broadway."

The show, exploring the past 60 years of Broadway history, "will look at the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to Hal Prince creating some of the most enduring and beloved theatre of all time, including The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history."

Prince said in a statement, "Happily, Susan Stroman is co-directing with me and David Thompson is the writing the book for a cast of my favorite performers, most of whom I've worked with numerous times. I'll miss opening in Toronto because that city has been very good to me on many occasions. But hopefully, Torontonians will visit us in New York and, if things turn out as well as we wish, we’ll visit them subsequently."

Prince of Broadway will feature words and music from the shows that have earned Hal Prince a record 21 Tony Awards.

Theatre, casting and dates will be announced.

David Thompson, Harold Prince and Jerome Sirlin
David Thompson, Harold Prince and Jerome Sirlin Photo by Peter W. Lamb
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