Prince of Broadway
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Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging

About the Show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a musical celebration of director and producer Harold Prince. Featuring Tony winners Chuck Cooper and Karen Ziemba, and nominees Brandon Uranowitz and Tony Yazbeck. 

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Disjointed, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Soulless

See it if You like the playlist and have not seen the very recent production of 60% of the shows.

Don't see it if you expect to get to know anything remotely interest about Prince. It's a cabaret act that would be just as comfortable at 54 Below. Read more

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Great singing, Disappointing, Uneven, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy musical revue's & want to see highlights from Broadway shows. The performers all have great voices.

Don't see it if You're looking for insight on Prince's life/career.Walked away learning nothing. This is cruise ship entertainment. Read more

Critic Reviews (72)

The New York Times
August 24th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
August 24th, 2017

"There’s little insight into Prince’s craft or his vision...The songs wind up in an awkward space: divorced from the dramatic context that gave many of them their power, yet too tethered to their first incarnations to enjoy the interpretive mobility they might have in a straightforward concert...'Prince of Broadway' does provide a fine showcase for several of the artists...It’s a pleasant collection of beloved and familiar Broadway songs, but there isn’t much to it."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 24th, 2017

"Though the music soars, the show’s central figure remains a bit generic, a bit out of focus...The company truly comes alive when they are freed from the task of walking us through Prince’s polished-up biography and allowed to do what they do best: break into song. The beauty lies in this tour through an astonishing array of musical gems...'Prince' is attempting something unique and admirable. but...the revue form doesn’t actually lend itself to demonstrating directorial brilliance."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 24th, 2017

"Sample-size nuggets that touch on the magic while leaving you craving more...This recap of an illustrious career leaves no doubt about the validity of Prince's exalted status, even if it’s thin on illuminating detail...What buoys 'Prince' is the polished presentation and elaborate design elements. But even more so it's the depth of characterization achieved...There's generally enough vitality in the staging and performances to help overcome the shortage of personal insights."
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Entertainment Weekly
August 24th, 2017

"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...The show comes off like a mediocre episode of 'This Is Your Life,' a culmination of famed songs sandwiched between other famed songs...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."
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Variety
August 24th, 2017

"The best 16 shows on Broadway are all playing in 'Prince of Broadway,' a sumptuous revue...Watching the hits flash by, like diamonds on a necklace, is sure to make you cry–with tears of joy if you saw that particular show, and tears of regret if you missed it...The talent that went into this show is out of this world...Unbeatable as an ensemble, cast members also get their individual moments to soar...You may wish 'Prince of Broadway' were twice as long, but you won’t go away hungry."
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The Wall Street Journal
August 24th, 2017

"Modest though it is, 'Prince of Broadway' looks and sounds fabulous...The weak link is David Thompson’s book, in which Mr. Prince’s cliché-prone first-person reminiscences are placed in the mouths of the actors, always to unilluminating, momentum-killing effect. For the most part, though, 'Prince' adds up to a pleasingly intimate musical revue full of shining moments, albeit one that feels rather more like a pledge-week TV special than a full-fledged Broadway show."
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The Observer
August 25th, 2017

"A joyous tribute...See it and cheer...An extravaganza nearly three hours long, in which you are entertained to dizzying heights...A superb cast...It never gets cloying. Nor does the overcrowded program ever sink to the level of a concert...Every number becomes a complete show unto itself...The pace moves with such clockwork that you are onto the next number before the applause dies down...Forget about passing this one by. This is as good as polished, professional theater ever gets."
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Deadline
August 24th, 2017

"'Prince of Broadway' bristles with the joyful noise of familiar songs delivered by a gifted and versatile cast...But what’s the through-line connecting one Hal Prince show with another?...That’s why 'Prince of Broadway' is, despite the warm bath of the Broadway songbook, such a colossal disappointment...The show fails to make the case for one of the greatest showmen of our time."
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Chicago Tribune
August 24th, 2017

"The show functions mostly as a cautionary tale about the difficulty of anthologizing directors in a Broadway show...The extracts from those seven decades of shows are, for the most part, competently performed by a talented cast of nine...If only 'Prince of Broadway' took a moment to explain much of anything about directing or, indeed, this particular director...Prince is a risk-taker without theatrical peer. He deserves a far more complex, and far less cautious, lifetime achievement award."
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New York Post
August 24th, 2017

"It’s a Broadway’s-greatest-hits album come to life...with wildly talented performers who swing for the fences with every song and dance...The brilliance on display made it clear to me how we no longer look to the top talent in our cultural life for examples of taste...'Prince of Broadway' doesn’t have a plot, but it has a story—a story about a go-getting striver whose relentless striving provided the rest of us with glories untold. It is, like the best of America, aspirational."
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New York Daily News
August 24th, 2017

"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—more like Shallow Hal. If you’re okay with that and want to luxuriate in moments from some wonderful shows, you’ll be entertained by the cast."
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AM New York
August 24th, 2017

"A lavish, unwieldy, mostly enjoyable revue...I’m grateful for a show in which a terrific ensemble cast gets to tackle songs and scenes from many of Prince’s best-known shows...Yet I’m sorry in the sense that I would much rather see a new musical helmed by Prince instead of this well-intended but unnecessary revue, which resembles an overstuffed smorgasbord...There are many standout moments, especially Yazbeck’s dynamic performances."
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NY1
August 25th, 2017

"There is much artistry in 'Prince of Broadway' and it's performed with immense talent. But given the bravura career of Harold Prince...fans of the great director may be left wanting more...While it's a great nostalgia trip, there's virtually nothing to explain how Prince turned those shows into such hits...A show like this demands more insight...Unmet expectations aside, it's a thrill to hear these timeless tunes backed by a 16-piece orchestra. And what a stellar company."
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Theatermania
August 24th, 2017

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
August 25th, 2017

“When Yazbeck returns to the stage as Buddy from ‘Follies,’ he nearly stops the show with an extended tap dance sequence…The dancing is great. The acting makes it spectacular. ‘Prince of Broadway’ is at its best at such moments; when today's stars put their personal stamp on classic roles…Leading with a history of examples, ‘Prince of Broadway’ not only encourages theatre artists to take risks, but instructs those who produce theatre to do the same.”
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Lighting & Sound America
August 25th, 2017

"There's a lot to like in this fond and often vivid scrapbook of numbers from one of the American theatre's most astonishing careers...Nearly everybody in the company has his or her moment to shine...'Prince' can't escape being a bit of a hodgepodge...Among the hits, there are several notable misses...And sometimes Prince and Stroman have difficulty matching material to the skills of their cast...It's hard to escape a sense of sheer astonishment at the breadth of its subject's achievement."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 24th, 2017

"Any show that offers moments from so many beloved musicals on the basis that all of them were helmed by one person in the major role(s) of director or producer is fine by me, regardless of the lack of any other shared through-line...The entertainment level here is generally very high...Most of the material is well matched to the performers. That said, a few odd decisions have been made that mar the second half."
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Theater News Online
September 6th, 2017

"The patchy, shallow affair feels so much like a cruise-ship entertainment, I started getting seasick...'Prince of Broadway' feels like a missed opportunity to explore a major career and share lessons from show business. It’s a victory lap without visible struggle or heartache, a theatrical memoir by someone fuzzy on details or who won’t open up...Musical selections are gamely performed by a cast of troupers who have varying success putting a fresh spin on iconic numbers."
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Broadway News
August 24th, 2017

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
August 25th, 2017

"Musical theatre nerds will likely get chills multiple times...Despite its many appealing elements, 'Prince' doesn’t match up to other 'career retrospective' shows...The breadth of styles Prince’s career encompasses is, ironically, something of a weakness where a revue is concerned. That said, there are far worse ways to spend an evening than watching some of the most talented people in New York perform some of musical theatre’s most iconic and beloved songs."
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Theater Pizzazz
August 27th, 2017

"If you’re expecting deep-rooted insights into the extraordinary producer-director Harold Prince’s life story, you’ll be sorely disappointed. But if you want to relive the musical memories of some of the hits and flops of his seven decades in theater, with a cast that will many times blow the roof off, you’ve come to the right place...Two and half hours that fly by...There are real showstoppers that include Yazbeck as Buddy...But my hat is off to Skinner who takes your breath away as Joanne."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 7th, 2017

"This is a revue of Harold Prince’s work. Look at the work! Sure, you can complain that you don’t like the structure but that’s the setting, not the jewel. Frankly, in the most fundamental musical theater way, 'Prince of Broadway' is a pure, audience-pleasing show and should be appreciated for its gleaming showmanship. Given the chance, the audience will prove the critics wrong about this show. And glory to the performers who make it work so beautifully!"
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CurtainUp
August 27th, 2017

"If you don't expect this to be a really enlightening inside look into Harold Prince the man and his process...there's much to enjoy here...The show gets off to a great start with its clever and comprehensive overture...Ultimately, the numerous other highs and polished staging can't avoid a mishmash feel to the show as a whole. Somehow, it just doesn't really add up as the fully connected, interestingly detailed musical memoir it aims to be."
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Front Row Center
August 31st, 2017

"Seeing a collection of greatest hits from his productions does not a fully satisfying Broadway show make. The cast, heavyweights of talent one and all, was superb...But you cannot get perfect casting for each role when each actor must play so many...The songs...are extraordinary, but they get punched in the gut because they are robbed of their context...If you have not seen most of Prince’s musicals, this is a splendid sampler package that may inspire you to seek out revivals of classics."
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Stage Buddy
August 24th, 2017

"For true Broadway aficionados, there perhaps couldn’t be a more ideal night at the theater than 'Prince of Broadway'...A celebration not only of Hal Prince’s prolific career, but also of the Broadway musical...The entire ensemble is excellent, and incredibly well-appointed. Each actor assumes several of the most important roles in the American musical theater canon throughout the run of the show, and does so with tremendous ease and ability."
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Front Mezz Junkies
August 24th, 2017

"A 'best of' revue performed by a cast of pros following Prince's over sixty years of work. It’s a jukebox musical of some sort that focuses on recreations of memorable moments, without giving us much insight as to the why and how...The men in general fair very well in this show, showcasing killer vocals...Part way in, 'Prince of Broadway' starts to feel like a greatest hits parade done by 'American Idol' contestants...It feels speedy and showy, and without a narrative to ground it."
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Exeunt Magazine
August 27th, 2017

"Uses its unashamed navel-gazing to chart the history of the modern musical...The dialogue is often extremely brief anecdotes...This conceit is almost immediately tiresome...The second act’s structure hops around in time and disjointedly attempts to link songs by theme...The result is a string of songs–some performed exceptionally well, some not so much–that plod along without any perspective."
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T
August 29th, 2017

“This effort, though Herculean, leaves the audience wanting more...The ‘transition’ monologues...are simply not enough exposition to sate the palate of the audience member…That said, what ‘Prince of Broadway’ does provide is two and a half hours of blissful entertainment…Perhaps you will not know more about him after the musical or garner more knowledge about the shows represented; however, the performances will surely pique your interest.”
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Broadway Blog
August 24th, 2017

"Over the course of this fantastic evening, nine talented Broadway stars introduce many of Prince’s works...There are numerous shining moments in the show, many of which come in the fourth sequence...With 'Prince of Broadway,' Mr. Prince—and his entire company—can reflect on a job that has not only been done well but one that has been done with heaping servings of vitality and panache."
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C
September 3rd, 2017

“More of a light summer frolic than a substantially hearty show…Despite a talented nine-person ensemble, ‘Prince of Broadway’ plays like a museum piece…Thompson’s book attempts to string everything together…But it’s all scattershot…Still, it’s a treat to see a great cast of Broadway musical veterans and new faces take on classics…‘Prince of Broadway’ may be less than the sum of its parts, but it’s a spirited trip through 20th century musical theater, and one with wide appeal.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
August 26th, 2017

“‘A helluva grand time’ is…what most theatregoers are going to experience at this abundantly well-stocked arrangement of topflight numbers from classic shows…Prince either produced or directed…Conceptually, the show makes no breakthroughs in the jukebox musical tradition...It's too bad that some shows lack any commentary at all; unless you're a Broadway fanboy or fangirl, whatever information the script provides is largely irrelevant in helping you understand the context for most of the songs.”
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DC Theatre Scene
August 26th, 2017

"Despite what seems an ill-conceived idea, and for all its flaws, Prince and Stroman do manage to find some sweet spots in staging this highlights reel of a show...The intention here is surely to put the songs within the rich context of each musical, but it doesn’t consistently work...However much 'Prince of Broadway' may disappoint as a whole, though, there is no denying how effectively it serves as a showcase for its cast."
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Times Square Chronicles
August 27th, 2017

“Doesn’t highlight the best of Prince's career. The song choices are strange and the performances not always stellar. Who does come across as a star is Tony Yazbeck, who monopolizes the stage with his superb singing and excellent dance skills…This show is completely worth Tony Yazbeck’s brilliant rendition of ‘The Right Girl’…It may seem like I am being hard on 'Prince of Broadway,' but I still recommend it.”
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The Clyde Fitch Report
August 24th, 2017

"'Prince of Broadway 'shouldn’t be anything but top-drawer entertainment. It takes the form of a revue that Prince has directed as a valentine to himself...And, as such, it lives right up to its promise...Thompson doesn’t delve deeply into Prince’s contributions...Dance has been an eminent element in Prince musicals. But for some reason — and with no less than Susan Stroman on hand — there’s little beyond Yazbeck’s spectacular tap solo. "
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Upstage-Downstage
August 30th, 2017

“The lumpish ‘Prince of Broadway’ that opened last week is the equivalent of channel surfing for Broadway buffs. It is all randomness and disconnect as it caroms from one brief encounter to the next…A game but decidedly overwhelmed cast is hauled out to perform number after number…There is only the barest of attempts to provide any sort of context…‘Prince of Broadway’ is ambitiously filled with an avalanche of ideas that rarely come to life.”
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Gotham Playgoer
August 26th, 2017

“When I get the chance to hear over 30 songs, mostly from shows I greatly enjoyed, performed by talented actors backed by a 16-piece orchestra, I am not about to grumble over what could have been better…Despite all the nits one can pick, the bottom line is that I found the show thoroughly entertaining. The cast of nine is wonderful…If you are a fan of musicals, by all means go. There’s something here for everyone.”
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The Huffington Post
August 24th, 2017

"An entertaining sampler revue, featuring an accomplished cast...Most of the actors have at least one highspot...The success of a substantial part of the evening is quite a victory, due in part to the variegated talents of the performers; the canny and well-practiced skill of both Prince and Stroman; and the musical ministrations of Brown...All this aside the entertainment wears thin in the second act...The oddity here is that some of the best material does not necessarily come across."
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The Wrap
August 24th, 2017

"The star...is Stephen Sondheim. Impressive turns are also delivered by Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Kern...'Prince' enters Broadway heaven when these three composers’ work is delivered by an ensemble that’s often vocally stunning. Much less enthralling are those moments that serve up tunes by Webber...Also dreadful is the book...Goes for that wow factor, with everybody trying to outdo each other...It’s disappointing then to see Prince not rein in some of this revue’s singers."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
August 26th, 2017

"One smashingly executed number after another, variously performed by a versatile cast of nine...The effect is often electric. The show is quite elaborate for this relatively intimate staging...Rarely can one find such a compendium of musical favorites in one production, which offers treat after treat as we go down memory lane with Prince...Fortunately, this fine cast ensemble does justice to the rich material virtually every step of the way."
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W
August 30th, 2017

“Thompson’s mostly unrevealing book would’ve been better served by a single actor. Talent is extremely mixed...Direction is responsible for erratic performance, rather astonishing considering Mr. Prince himself has the reins. Ham is often blatant, lack of character perception untenable…I have great admiration for Mr. Prince and wonderful memories of his shows…This one too often disappoints.”
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T
August 31st, 2017

"Perfectly enjoyable, but not the stunning blockbuster we’ve come to expect from Mr. Prince...The material doesn’t flow smoothly or fit together neatly...Thompson’s narration provides scant context and fails to tie together the wildly divergent selections...There is much to relish even if the overall package is not greater than the sum of its exemplary parts...There is so much potential here. Too bad the experience was like leafing through a photo album."
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Broadway & Me
August 27th, 2017

"Folks who go into this musical retrospective...looking for insights into the legendary director and producer's career are probably going to feel shortchanged...There's no thematic through-line that ties the shows together. And no attempt to establish a connection between these works and the man who made them...The numbers themselves are all more than fine...They're terrifically performed...If nothing else, 'Prince of Broadway' is a reminder of all that Prince has given to musical theater."
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The Stage (UK)
August 24th, 2017

"An overture that whets the appetite. The show, however, doesn't fully sate it. It's inevitably rushed and bitty as it proffers short extracts from all-time classics...'The Phantom of the Opera' is playing in full just three blocks away, so the extract seems entirely superfluous...Verdict: Celebration of a Broadway master skips less familiar material, but is a generous, good-hearted show for fans."
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Daily Beast
August 24th, 2017

"A strange, uneven conceit and also a perfectly pleasurable evening out: there are 36 songs, slickly performed by a group of nine committed, sometimes exquisite performers. Yet for all this is a jukebox musical of musical hits, it comes with not nearly enough biography of its subject attached...There is little here about direction and production, and so the artistry of Prince the man is elided...On the plus-side you have two and a half hours of songs, and one incredible piece of tap-dancing."
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Simon SEEZ
August 28th, 2017

“In almost every instance, the musical numbers do not reflect the brilliance of their source. Not helping was the very thin sound of the orchestra…The results range from the amiable to the on one occasion lamentable. While each performer can be applauded for making commendable contributions to this revue, not one makes a case for why we don’t need to look back to the original show and its stars…A showcase that has little depth or definition.”
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Cabaret Scenes
August 28th, 2017

"Even with its faults, 'Prince of Broadway' is an evening of sumptuous entertainment, spectacular performances, and surprising moments of beauty...Thompson’s book is scant...The beautifully staged musical segments represent the best of the best, performed by talents not identified with the original shows...Check the program notes or the internet to learn about Hal Prince, but, if you love the great songs of the American theater, this is a show to be enjoyed for the first or any time."
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T
August 29th, 2017

“Surprisingly slight…The show has several memorable moments…But as Ziemba sings as Fräulein Schneider from ‘Cabaret,’ ‘So what?’…Prince’s specific contributions, whether director or producer, are not indicated onstage, so it is often difficult to grasp how much we’re seeing is from the man himself…Most of the songs exist in a kind of vacuum…The eighty-nine-year-old master deserves better than ‘Prince of Broadway.’”
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M
August 29th, 2017

“Imagine leafing through a richly embellished scrapbook in which just about every entry or memento comes magically–and vibrantly–to life. That’s the happy delirium that may well overtake you as you witness ‘Prince of Broadway’…The nine cast members are all supremely talented, and their numbers are staged with bone-deep insight and panache…The gulp-in-the-throat moments are served up for some two and a half hours, broken only by an intermission.”
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DC Metro Theater Arts
August 26th, 2017

“Vastly entertaining…Prince’s company of nine is asked to play everything from star to ensemble member in this two-act selection of samples from musicals we’ve known and loved. Because they are so smashingly staged and performed here, they come off as well for those who’ve never seen any of the original productions, as they do for veterans...I urge you to see this beautiful, bountiful tribute to him.”
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Out Magazine
August 28th, 2017

“There’s precious little about Prince's creative process...Fortunately, the talented and game cast delivers some knockout set pieces, as a segment on one show drifts to a quick set change and a segment on another show...But then there will be some clunkers. And some lame bit of narration. And the realization that you’ve seen all these shows done with more expensive chandeliers…A mixed bag that theater maniacs might find worth grabbing into for the showmanship and history it celebrates.”
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Newsday
August 24th, 2017

"Basically a highlight reel of Prince's finest moments, two-plus hours of songs from major hits...Musical theater buffs will eat it up; those looking for something more challenging, not so much...The cast of Broadway powerhouses clearly wanted to do Prince proud, resulting in a sell that was too hard at times. And as in any revue, some roles were an easier fit than others."
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NJ.com
August 24th, 2017

"Shiny, handsomely packaged, and containing all of your favorites...Nine tremendously gifted Broadway veterans guide us through the highlights of the career of Prince...Whether this fully hangs together as a Broadway show is another—and highly debatable—matter...Still, there are so many moments to relish here...Each performer gets his or her chance to shine. But the star of 'Prince of Broadway' proves to be Tony Yazbeck...A mostly smooth and seamless trip down memory lane. "
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Epoch Times
September 3rd, 2017

"Inconsistent and incomplete...The book presents the musical numbers as little more than a haphazard collection...Matters aren’t helped by the decision to have the show’s cast of nine all act as narrators taking on the identify of Prince himself...There’s a lot of fun to be had with 'Prince of Broadway.' The show contains songs that are enjoyable and a cast that is agreeable. However anything deeper is mostly lacking. Both Prince and the audience deserve a better effort."
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T
August 29th, 2017

“Although the cast is more than adequate, for the most part, they do not make the songs their own. Nevertheless there are standouts…‘Prince of Broadway’ has something for everybody…Some may find the smorgasbord nature of this show a bit too contrived. Certainly the show is somewhat formulaic. Still, there is as much artistry as artifice in this paean to the prince.”
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StageZine
August 27th, 2017

"The major problem here is how do you connect all these phenomenal shows?...What helps make the scenes work better is mostly due to the set, costume, and lighting designers. They try to capture the essences of the original productions and that helps the visualization process immensely...Two standout performers for me were Tony Yazbeck...and Chuck Cooper...All in all, it is an entertaining, if not wholly satisfying or fulfilling evening."
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
August 26th, 2017

“If ‘Prince of Broadway’ is the crown of Mr. Prince’s unparalleled career, each one of these vignettes is a jewel in that crown—beautifully designed, ingeniously choreographed, lushly orchestrated, and wondrously vocalized to revelatory perfection by an amazing cast of nine performers, all in top form…'Prince of Broadway' tells Mr. Prince’s story for everyone who loves musical theater, magnificently, and joyously.”
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Village Voice
August 29th, 2017

“This tribute to a great producer-director basically honors the songwriters he’s worked with, again desultorily, offering an arbitrarily chosen string of songs and song sequences...Ineffective at conveying the scope of Prince’s relation to the numbers, the show also displays remarkable uncertainty about shaping them into a revue...Many of the numbers don’t lend themselves to the revue form’s spotlighting…Prince's sagacity deserves a better-sustained tribute than this."
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The Huffington Post
September 2nd, 2017

“No good theater critic can enjoy 'Prince of Broadway'…In addition to the egotism of the production, the actual show itself is utterly disappointing…Although the audience is visually given reminders of the extraordinary, Tony Award-winning versions, they have to sit through lackluster performances that do not hold up to the originals. Sadly the designs are the best part of the show."
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BroadwaySelect
August 28th, 2017

"33 selections–and, happily enough, they’re not all greatest hits...Prince and Stroman wisely had almost everyone avoid replicating any original cast performance. As a result, the show that could have been a mere photograph is instead is a painting...Most of what’s included is mostly terrific, including a dynamic first-act ending and a powerful Act Two beginning... In a way–and this is a compliment–it’s a sincere 'Forbidden Broadway.'"
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Drama Queen NYC
August 30th, 2017

“I am, in some ways, this show’s ideal audience…That makes me not only more attentive to details in Prince's dramaturgy, staging, and transitions, but also more forgiving of moments where he trades depth for clarity, or sacrifices complexity for more broadly comprehensible insights…Plus, when those songs are delivered by performers this good, almost nothing else matters.”
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Film Festival Traveler
September 5th, 2017

“A commendable overview of Prince’s career…There are restaged sequences from the shows, often—but not always—their ‘classic’ numbers, which tends toward imbalance…Still, great moments are scattered throughout…The cast performs with incomparable zest, even if some aren’t perfect for the roles they assay...Though not the stage extravaganza that both 'Jerome Robbins’ Broadway' and 'Fosse' were, 'Prince of Broadway' has an intimacy that serves its creator’s more subtle approach."
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T
September 10th, 2017

“At its soul, the show is a compilation of the best musical numbers you can see in one evening in a Broadway theater…The vanity aspects of a Broadway musical about the man who directs it are swept seamlessly into the background…In addition to the selection of great numbers, the cast is wonderful…If the wonderful confections of American musical theater thrill you, watching this show is like hanging out at Levain Bakery early in the morning, before the first customer arrives.”
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TheaterScene.com
September 6th, 2017

“Splendidly produced, gorgeously loaded, reeking with famous talents…A smashingly strong cast…The nine-member company, displaying amazing versatility happily, deliriously extending themselves over a dazzling range of characterizations, are sheer delight…Overall, it’s inevitably a charmer, nudging at our nostalgia, tugging at our heartstrings, clever, delightful, even poignant, a gracious reminder that having Prince in our lives even tangentially has been a blessing.”
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BSonArts
August 28th, 2017

"It’s that 'artistic whole' that distinguishes the work of a great director (and producer). So, it is not surprising that an evening of knockout singing and dancing does not fully satisfy those who have experienced Prince’s 'whole'...But 'Prince on Broadway' is entertaining...You leave the theatre satisfied, even if this tribute fails to go beyond a pleasing revue of songs from Hal Prince’s Broadway creations without capturing the genius behind their original incarnations."
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Showbiz 411
August 24th, 2017

"There is much to love in 'Prince of Broadway,' legendary producer-director Hal Prince’s tribute to himself. I mean it: the show is like a late summer gift. It has an overture, nine really sensationally talented performers, classic sets, and music–mostly Sondheim–that is gift-wrapped. The only nick in the armor: there’s not much of a story...Everyone has a showstopper...Get over and see it. This is one gift you can accept happily."
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Theater Time
August 24th, 2017

"Vastly entertaining thanks to an array of very talented performers...Each...gives some anecdotes about the shows. I just wished there was a bit more of this...The show has a broad appeal for not only veteran theatergoers who can sit in the audience and mouth many of the songs, but even those not all that acquainted with some of them. It is worth seeing how some exceptionally fine performers lend their own brand of talent to some of the most enduring musicals in Broadway history."
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Journal Inquirer
September 1st, 2017

“As spectacular as it is to see all these great performances, ‘Prince of Broadway’ isn’t without its faults…At times, the show begins to feel more like a theater school showcase than a revue. Granted it is a fantastically performed showcase, but it feels too easy at times in its concept and execution. This may be due to interstitial moments of dialogue meant to transition from one number to the next. Its requirement is there, but it doesn’t add much.”
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A
August 30th, 2017

“‘Prince’ features a brilliant cast of nine performers — who manage to dazzle throughout most of the 2½-hour show…The book, though, is the weak link here. The show should have dedicated more time to Prince the man rather than the work..While some of the numbers miss the mark, there are plenty of moments to remember…The show will fill Broadway lovers with nostalgia and joy.”
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Critics at Large
August 28th, 2017

"Like an all-you-can-eat buffet at a mediocre restaurant...Mostly tepid reproductions intended to conjure up the feel of their sources...You can’t get a sense of the shows Prince has directed by restaging numbers from them...This is a vanity production that verges on the delusional...The five women and four men who have been set the task of performing these songs are overmatched...'Prince of Broadway' is a pointless exercise."
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Z
August 24th, 2017

"Engaging as it is, it is held barely intact by the thread of its theme...I’m afraid that being authentic and courageous as a theater director is not necessarily the story of, well, great theater...If the arc of 'Prince of Broadway' might disappoint, the performances rarely do...While I’m happy to hear strong performances from a strong cast in strong music from some of Harold Prince’s most important musicals, storytelling, something that Hal Prince does like no one can, is just a tad absent."
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Center on the Aisle
September 5th, 2017

“The show has some great performances…What’s missing is some real drama. As entertaining as the numbers are, the production soon loses its luster and begins to get stale. There’s no connection between the songs and Prince; the show never manages to bring him from backstage to front and center...Nevertheless, it is still fun to look back on Prince’s truly incredible repertoire of work, and the second act has a few moments that resuscitate the show a bit–albeit briefly.”
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