By Robert Simonson
20 Sep 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
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.
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."Continued...