REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Prince of Broadway” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Aug 25, 2017
“Prince of Broadway,” with a book by David Thompson, songs by various artists, and co-directed by Harold Prince and Susan Stroman, opened on August 24, 2017 in New York City. “Prince of Broadway,” with a book by David Thompson, songs by various artists, and co-directed by Harold Prince and Susan Stroman, opened on August 24, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

27 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 63.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 55
"Watching this production’s overtaxed ensemble perform vignettes from different musicals...is like hearing a rushed raconteur drop name after famous name, without bothering to explain their significance...They’re a likable group, and I don’t fault them for the impression I often had that I was at a dinner theater...I recalled how often in my years of theatergoing performances in Prince’s shows have evoked similar shivers. If only such reminders came more frequently in this motley production."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 60
"A polished but disappointingly rote roll-call of many of the highlights of Prince’s nearly seven decades in the theater...Even the most skilled seam-sealer cannot make a revue of such diverse material into a conceptually cohesive and theatrically compelling evening...Well, enough gloom. For musical theater lovers, the show will remain an indispensable ticket, a pilgrimage to a shrine, even if the visit doesn’t burnish your Broadway-love as you had hoped."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 45
"A mostly lifeless evening...It ought to be a primer for Broadway newbies and a stroll down memory lane for longtime fans. Instead, we get a mediocre revue encased in an extremely guarded memoir...By staging reduced versions of Prince's original work, none of them are as satisfying as the real thing...We don't learn much about the man or what drove him to create...The most disappointing thing is that we never get a sense of these musicals in conversation with the wider world."

“Prince of Broadway” was also reviewed by Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Ariana Rudes of Stage Buddy, John Podhoretz of New York Post, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Michael Portantiere of Talkin' Broadway, Mark McLaren of ZEALnyc, Jessica Derschowitz of Entertainment Weekly, Joseph Cervelli of Theater Time, Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Ryan Leeds of Broadway Blog, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Matt Windman of AM New York, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 173 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 80.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging

MuffnStuff, ShowScore: 77
See it if…"You want to relive some classic numbers or get a taste of shows you never got to see on Broadway. You want to hear impeccable singers live."
Don't see it if…"You're looking for deep character choices or a cohesive narrative. It's a revue. The numbers are staged well but sometimes lack soul."
Caitlin 1616, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You like revues, you're familiar with a lot of Broadway shows, you'll enjoy seeing just the big numbers from a bunch of different musicals." 
Don't see it if…"You need a strong plot or through-line. You require context for songs or you aren't familiar with Broadway."

MJK, ShowScore: 52 
See it if…"You want to see a spiritless if well-sung revue of songs from the last 60 years (which you can do cheaper at Marie's Crisis or Don't Tell Mama)." 
Don't see it if…"You want to see a celebration of Prince worthy of his career, or you want to learn anything about him you can't already learn from IBDB." 

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