Prince of Broadway Musical Will Celebrate Hit Shows and Songs in Harold Prince's Career
By Kenneth Jones
Songs from Broadway musicals directed and/or produced by Harold Prince, the man of the theatre who often finds the word "legendary" attached to his name, will be conjured in a new Broadway revue called Prince of Broadway, directed by the octogenarian Prince himself in collaboration with co-director and choreographer Susan Stroman.
The Broadway-bound show will launch in Canada under the auspices of lead producers Aubrey Dan, Martyn Hayes and Peter W. Lamb for Dancap Productions Inc., who announced the project and the creative team on June 20. A summer 2012 launch in Toronto will lead to a fall 2012 Broadway berth.
Prince is considered legendary because of his 21 Tony Awards, his mentorship under the great director George Abbott and because he produced or directed some of the groundbreaking and long-running musicals of the past 60 years: The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Cabaret, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade, The Phantom of the Opera and more.
Here's how the project is characterized: "Celebrating the most influential and successful career 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 theater of all time, from 1954's The Pajama Game to The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history."
The show will feature words and music from the musicals that have earned Prince a record number of Tonys.
Tony nominee David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys) is writing the book and Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade) is writing vocal and dance arrangements. Orchestrations will be by Don Sebesky (Come Fly Away, Kiss Me Kate). Eric Stern (Shrek the Musical, Parade) will serve as musical director.
The design team includes scenic and projection designer Jerome Sirlin (Kiss of the Spider Woman), costume designer William Ivey Long (Catch Me If You Can, The Producers, Crazy for You), lighting designer Howell Binkley (Memphis, Jersey Boys) and sound designer Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages).
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