Harold Prince Musical Prince of Broadway Eyes 2015 Japan Premiere With Broadway to Follow
By Adam Hetrick
The Prince of Broadway, the stage project that takes audiences through the numerous award-winning productions created by director-producer Harold Prince (Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sweeney Todd), will premiere at Japan's Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka in 2015, according to the New York Post.
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).
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. The entire creative team and several members of the previously announced cast remain committed to the project. Actors set to appear in The Prince of Broadway include Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show), Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera) and Richard Kind (The Producers).
The creative team includes Tony-nominated scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, Tony-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, Tony-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley and Tony-nominated sound designer Jonathan Deans.
Musical supervision, incidental music, vocal and dance arrangements are by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown; orchestrations are by Don Sebesky and musical direction is by Eric Stern.
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."
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