Running since August 2017 A new musical revue that pays tribute to legendary producer Harold Prince's 60-year career and examines the circumstances and fortune that led to him creating some of the most beloved theater of all time.
From the producers:Harold Prince is a legend in the American theatre – the acclaimed director and producer behind a long list of America’s most iconic musicals and the winner of a staggering, record-breaking 21 Tony Awards. Now, he’s bringing together six decades of magical moments in a new musical event, "Prince of Broadway." This thrilling night of theatre includes hits from such celebrated musicals as "West Side Story," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Cabaret," "The Phantom of the Opera" and more, in an unforgettable tribute to an unmatched Broadway career.
Harold "Hal" Prince is a legendary theatrical producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the 20th century. He has garnered twenty-one Tony Awards, more than any other individual, including eight for directing, eight for producing the year's Best Musical, two as Best Producer of a Musical, and three special awards. "Prince of Broadway" was originally announced for Broadway in 2012 but didn't get a full-scale production until late 2015 when it opened in Tokyo, Japan, with a cast of Broadway luminaries.
"Prince of Broadway" includes songs from many of the shows that earned Prince a record 21 Tony Awards, combined with some biographical material. The musical features hits from many celebrated musicals, including "West Side Story," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Cabaret," "Evita," "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd," "The Phantom of the Opera" and more.
What's Manhattan Theatre Club? One of three not-for-profit organizations that produce a season on Broadway each year, MTC also has two smaller stages at City Center, where they produce mostly modern plays (and sometimes musicals) in a fairly conventional style. More here.
Hit-and-miss...You couldn't wish for a more ideal place than Broadway to honor Prince. But you could wish for a better, more illuminating show in which to do it. One can't help but be impressed by the scope and breadth - but at the same time feel left in the dark about Prince's precise contributions. It's not a deep dive into the mind of a master. If you're okay with that and want to luxuriate in moments from some wonderful shows, you'll be entertained by the cast.
"Prince of Broadway" is a meandering tribute to the man and his work, told via a series of biographical anecdotes and revue-like musical numbers that don't gel together into a coherent whole. There's no question the songs are great, and the talent involved is, too, but in this format many are robbed of the emotional resonance they'd have in the context of their full show.