PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Sept. 14-20: Romeo and Juliet Opens on Broadway, Mr. Burns a Hot Ticket and New Plays Across the Pond

By Robert Simonson
20 Sep 2013

Harold Prince
Harold Prince
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Prince of Broadway — the Harold Prince version of Jerome Robbins' Broadway, which takes audiences through the numerous award-winning productions created by famous director-producer, will hit finally be hitting the boards. If you want to buy a ticket, however, you'll also have to buy a plane ticket. It will premeire at Japan's Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka in 2015, according to the New York Post.

The Prince of Broadway is directed by Prince, and co-directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. (Prince is probably the only person in the theatre under which five-time-Tony-winner Stroman would accept a "co-director" credit from at this point.) It will feature a book by David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys).

Prince has been working to bring The Prince of Broadway to life for several years. The show was first announced for a fall 2012 start on Broadway, followed by a goal of fall 2013. Issues with capitalization for the nearly $10 million musical delayed the production's Broadway arrival. Japanese producers are now financing the musical, according to the Post.

The production is now aiming for a spring 2016 Broadway arrival. Actors set to appear in The Prince of Broadway include Emily Skinner, Sierra Boggess and Richard Kind.



Prince, via an Al Hirschfeld-esque hologram, will narrate the musical. Spooky.

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David Leveaux's new racially charged production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet — the Montagues are white and the Capulets are black — opened on Broadway this week, with Orlando Bloom as Romeo and rising stage star Condola Rashad as Juliet. The critics, who admitted to having hopes for the casting concept and the two young leads, expressed themselves as disappointed.

The New York Times liked the stars, saying, "Mr. Bloom, in a first-rate Broadway debut, and the gifted Ms. Rashad exude a too-fine-for-this-world purity that makes their characters' love feel sacred." But is was less enthused by the production: "Yet, while the production features stunning columns of flame as part of its eclectic mise-en-scène, it never acquires the fiery, all-consuming urgency that Romeo and Juliet should deliver."

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