MTC's Prince of Broadway begins performances tonight
The Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of the musical Prince of Broadway, which celebrates the life and career of the 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Harold Prince, begins previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tonight. An official opening is set for August 24, with a limited engagement running through to October 22, 2017.
Prince of Broadway features a book by David Thompson, with new songs, musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations, by Jason Robert Brown. The production is directed by Harold Prince himself, with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.
Synopsis: "Prince of Broadway includes songs from many of the shows that earned Harold Prince a record 21 Tony Awards, and biographical material as well. Mr Prince is a legend in the American theatre - the acclaimed director and producer behind a long list of America's most iconic musicals. 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, 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, in an unforgettable tribute to an unmatched Broadway career."
The cast of Prince of Broadway includes Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Tony nominee Emily Skinner, Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Michael Xavier, Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, and Tony winner Karen Ziemba.
Cast members Emily Skinner, Kaley Ann Voorhees and Tony Yazbeck all previously appeared in the 2015 Japan world premiere.
The creative team behind Prince of Broadway features musical direction by Fred Lassen, scenic & video design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Jon Weston, and wig design by Paul Huntley.
Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller will serve as creative consultant.
Prince of Broadway is produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club by special arrangement with Gorgeous Entertainment.
- by Tom Millward