Harold Prince Musical Prince of Broadway Sets World Premiere With Ramin Karimloo

News   Harold Prince Musical Prince of Broadway Sets World Premiere With Ramin Karimloo The Prince of Broadway, the stage project that takes audiences through the numerous award-winning productions created by director-producer Harold Prince (Cabaret, The Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sweeney Todd), will have its world premiere at Japan's Theatre Orb in Tokyo Oct. 23, according to a production spokesperson.

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The website lists the following for the cast: Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!), Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables), Nancy Opel (Urinetown), Reon Yuzuki (Takarazuka Revue and Kaley Ann Voorhees. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The Prince of Broadway is directed by Prince, co-directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Big Fish, The Producers), and features a book by Tony Award nominee David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys).

Rehearsals for Prince of Broadway will take place in New York this September. Prince of Broadway features set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, and wig design is by Paul Huntley. Arrangements are by musical supervisor Jason Robert Brown. Musical director is Fred Lassen. Casting is by Tara Rubin. Further details are available on the Theatre Orb website.

There is no current word on plans for a New York production.

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 a 2013 report in The New York Post.  

Prince, via an Al Hirschfeld-esque hologram, will narrate the musical that will feature words and music from many of the shows that have earned Prince a record 21 Tonys.

Here's how the show is billed: "Celebrating one of the most influential and successful careers in the American theatre of the past 60 years, Prince of Broadway 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."

Tickets are now on sale for performances from Oct. 23-Nov. 22 at Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo, Japan, and Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2015 at Umeda Arts Theatre, Main Hall, in Osaka, Japan.

Read Playbill.com's earlier report on The Prince of Broadway here.

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