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Prince of Broadway

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging
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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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Prince is an American theater legend with a record-breaking 21 Tony Awards. Now he’s bringing together six decades of magical moments in this new musical, including fully staged hits from shows such as 'West Side Story,' 'Fiddler on the Roof,' 'Cabaret,' 'Evita,' 'Company,' 'Follies,' 'A Little Night Music,' 'Sweeney Todd,' and 'The Phantom of the Opera.' The production also features orchestrations and an original song by three-time Tony winner Jason Robert Brown ('The Bridges of Madison County'); a book by two-time Tony nominee David Thompson ('The Scottsboro Boys'); co-direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman ('The Producers'); and direction by Prince himself.

 

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67
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55
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

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Broadway News

"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." Full Review

45
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

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Variety

"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." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

“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.” Full Review

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Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

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Theater News Online

"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." Full Review

65
The Huffington Post

"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." Full Review

60
Theater Life

"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." Full Review

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DC Theatre Scene

"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." Full Review

75
Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

75
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

“‘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.” Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"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." Full Review

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AM New York

"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." Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

"'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. " Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"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." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

“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.” Full Review

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Deadline

"'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." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"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." Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

"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." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

“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.” Full Review

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Gotham Playgoer

“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.” Full Review

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The Wrap

"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." Full Review

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Avg Score

35
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You love Hal's favorites under any circumstances

Don't see it if You want something original

75
Clever, Relevant, Slow, Great singing, Unique

See it if You are a fan of Hal Prince's musicals, and don't mind seeing a bunch of musical numbers from his shows performed back to back.

Don't see it if You like a show where you can get carried away in a plot for a couple hours and feel like you've been taken on a journey.

75
Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love musicals and want to take a trip down the memory lane with Hal Prince's masterpieces. Tony Yazbeck is amazing.

Don't see it if you haven't seen any of the musicals featured in the show -- taken out of context many scenes are less effective, particularly Cabaret.

73
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Over "30" numbers, 12 included michael xavier, sadly he was out?, More 10 o'clock numbers that you can shake a stick at (2 much of a good thing?)

See it if Well, Harold Prince's PRINCE OF BROADWAY closed today but I got to see the show a coupla weeks ago. Solid cast of Bdwys best plus great nos.

Don't see it if If you don't like revues, even with very familiar material, U might be overwhelmed. Too many complex characters for too small a cast. 2much!

Also One thing I will say that would've helped this show greatly would have... Read more Read less

80
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Palatable

See it if you want to see a greatest hits parade of some of your favorite songs, and aren't opposed to a dinner theater-esque set-up

Don't see it if you expect a plot, or any kind of in-depth biographical insights to Prince's life .

60
Disappointing, Good singing

See it if You don't want the Best of Hal Prince, but instead a large dose of unfamiliar, low-energy, low-budget numbers from his lesser shows.

Don't see it if You're expecting B*R*O*A*D*W*A*Y musical greatness from great Hal Prince shows.

80
Indulgent, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love Broadway and want to hear great Broadway numbers

Don't see it if If you want a show with a story

80
I went for the big numbers -- which were great

See it if Some really great musical numbers -- especially Tony Yazbeck tap dancing to "The Right Girl" Brandon Uranowitz's Emcee in "Willkommen"

Don't see it if Bryonha Marie Parham's "Cabaret" was different and thrilling. Michael Xavier is so sexy. Karen Ziemba and Chuck Cooper are real treasures,

Also The cast took bows in alphabetical order, ending with X Y Z -- Xavier,... Read more Read less

22
Disappointing, Overrated, Sloppy, Lackluster

See it if this is the only thing in town you could get tickets to. But even then, don't expect much.

Don't see it if you can see anything else or you value your time. At 2 hours and 40 minutes, it is entirely too long and just so SO sloppy.

65
Great acting, Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want a mix of hits, but a lot of lackluster ones that makes the show drag.

Don't see it if you want any insight into Prince or want a riveting night of music.

64
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Never saw any of the original shows and want a sample of some of the songs - both well-known ones and less-known ones.

Don't see it if Expect all the sets, orchestra, and full versions of favorite songs.

80
Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you like really strong casts performing some brilliant numbers.

Don't see it if If you like plots and aren't a fan of revues.

77
Resonant, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a talented group of performers sing and dance to the successful plays that Hal Prince produced on Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals and don't enjoy clips of famous shows.

Also I dislike the songs of Stephen Sondheim, so I didn't enjoy several of ... Read more Read less

74
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of these performers. Chuck Cooper, Karen Ziemba, Tony Yazbeck, and Brandon Uranowitz especially stand out.

Don't see it if you'll be frustrated by the song selection, that most of the hits are abridged, and that there's no cohesion in bringing this all together.

70
Overly long, Talented singers, Creative sets, Fair retrospective, Unevent

See it if you enjoy superb singing, good sets, musical reviews and are a musical aficionado,

Don't see it if you dislike musicals and long productions that include a range of songs from outstanding to ones that should be forgotten.

70
Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if Like to see renditions (some good, others not so successful ) of various mostly well known songs from assorted Hal Prince shows.

Don't see it if You expect a story, explanation or interpretation of with Hal Prince's life or any of the songs. You object to odd or inferior restagings.

70
Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like showstoppers and "11 o'clock" numbers by Broadway greats.

Don't see it if You're expecting a solid book to support the show. It just isn't there.

69
Disjointed, Weirdly empty, Disappointing., Entertaining? sure, but odd.

See it if You adore every musical number sung anywhere in a show Prince directed or produced. I wanted to love this, but what really was the point?

Don't see it if Want there to be some consistent thread, more insider stories, some sense of why certain songs were included and not. A disappointing mess.

Also Saw this at MTC's Friedman Theater on Broadway, near the end of its ru... Read more Read less

68
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you love cabaret presentations of dozens of unrelated Broadway songs

Don't see it if you expect to learn anything about Prince's life or modus operandi. A great opportunity was missed by the writers alas.

Also I'm a HUGE Broadway fan and would have loved a show that really took a... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to experience many of the wonderful scenes and songs of Harold Prince's amazing career. The cast is excellent.

Don't see it if You are expecting a comprehensive look at Prince's life.The play focuses on many,but not all of the great musical numbers of his career.

75
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you're a fan of Jason Robert Brown music and want to learn Mr. Prince's story.

Don't see it if You don't like Jason Robert Brown music or are expecting a huge high energy musical.

70
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Some great singing, some so so singing, mostly so so staging and costumes.

See it if You like revues. A Broadway show must have some down side. Showstopper after showstopper does not work. Minimal context.

Don't see it if You want any story, context, a show. Some brilliant moments but mostly not.

Also I went mostly because JRB was doing the orchestration and arrangements... Read more Read less

70
Indulgent, Overrated, Very concerty, Horrible transitions, Some amazing singing

See it if a few songs from some memorable musicals is enough for you. It's a fun concerty show w/some amazing performances, nothing more nothing less.

Don't see it if a full-blown musical is what you're looking for. It's a PBS tv show, easily done off or off-off broadway. Not worth broadway ticket prices.

Also Sorry, it's definitely more Pauper than Prince.... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You would like to sample tapas-sized portions of some of the best musicals that Broadway has to offer: in light digestible pieces.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical with a story arch

87
Entertaining, Fun, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if you like great voices recreating touching, historical, musical performances. Fun review. Amazing sets. Interesting choices to highlight.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical or Hal Prince's life story in 2 hours or if you've never seen any of Hal Prince's shows.

Also Favorite dancer was Tony Yasbeck. Favorite singers were Chuck Cooper f... Read more Read less