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Prince of Broadway

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Members say: 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.  More…

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.


Member Reviews (512)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging
78
Avg Score

68
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.

Also In the very beginning, we hear some narration giving context to what w... Read more Read less

69
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.

Also I definitely enjoyed some of the musical numbers. However MANY of thes... Read more Read less

52
Great singing, Disappointing, Lazy, Soulless, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a spiritless if well-sung revue of songs from the last 60yrs (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.

Also The most shocking thing about this show is how poorly directed it is b... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want tr relive some songs from some great and some not so great musicals.. The talent is there.

Don't see it if There is no plot.. You do not get the the original talent. One cannot really do a tribute to a director/producer via songs.

75
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Because of the abundance of classic showstoppers, at times you 'can't help lovin' that show o'mine' Stroman's staging is inconstant at best

Don't see it if Despite being very well sung, Stroman's erratic panorama of Prince's career never resonates. Skinner & Ziemba fare best as singer/actors

76
Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Banal

See it if You are a fan of Prince and fond of his musicals, you follow some younger and emerging Broadway stars, curious about which shows were chosen

Don't see it if Don't like random, seemingly disconnected musical numbers, not familiar with work of Prince, expect more pizzaz and production numbers

89
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You love Broadway musicals. You have seen many Hal Prince musicals and listening to the songs from them is a thing of joy for you as for me

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical with an interesting storyline. This, apart from a Hal Prince bio lite, is a musical revue !

81
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the shows directed and produced by Hal Prince. Nicely staged with wonderful singers. I would have liked more dance numbers.

Don't see it if you like a fully staged musical. This is more of a revue with scenes from musicals and a brief story of Prince's musical career.

Also They included some of Prince's shows which were less known. I would ha... Read more Read less

10
Summer stock hits the great white way!, Overstuffed, Poorly conceived, Excruciating, Overlong

See it if you enjoy musical revues that are put together in a slapdash fashion.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original shows. Or you want to learn more about how Prince worked as a director as well as a producer.

Also The casting in this show is not great. Karen Ziemba is underutilized. ... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if you enjoy musical theater. Yes, it's a revue, but it's some of the best songs from some of the best shows - with staging. Talent abounds.

Don't see it if This is a biography of Hal Prince through his direction of plays, rather than telling you about his life. I enjoyed and recommend the show.

81
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You love Broadway musicals, even in the abridged form. This show is a tasting menu for people who either saw these shows or wish they had.

Don't see it if You expect fully staged production numbers. Expect to recognize every song.

Also The stars in the show are very accomplished singers and actors. The on... Read more Read less

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

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Weak book, Great orchestrations

See it if you love musicals and don't need a book to tie together an ambitious revue

Don't see it if you like your musical numbers to come with context and be in the service of a book.

Also This talented cast is worth seeing.

72
Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Hal Prince or musical theater. Ensemble of strong singers. The many set changes were impressive and better than expected.

Don't see it if There was some thread about good luck and hard work, but it gets lost in the shuffle. Disappointing, but an adequate tribute concert.

Also The individual performances are mostly great, but as a Broadway show t... Read more Read less

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

81
Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you love good performances from hits of the past.Show doesn't give any new info about Prince.Young actors are disappointing.Pros are great

Don't see it if you were hoping to learn more about Hal Prince.This just gives you well done,but uneven,scenes from his hits.Entertaining but nothing new.

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, 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
Great singing, Great songs, Entertaining

See it if You would enjoy hearing great musical songs live or if you are a fan of Hal Prince and his shows.

Don't see it if you prefer to have a cohesive storyline rather than pieces of musicals, It can be boring or confusing if you do not know the musical.

85
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if enjoy a concert performance of the "book of Prince" Great voices, beautiful music.

Don't see it if individual show tunes sung out of context disagree with you. Some of the songs lacked their original emotion.

60
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want the opportunity to see numbers from rarely-produced Hal Prince shows or if PHANTOM down the street was sold out.

Don't see it if you're actually interested in learning more about Hal Prince's life...the songs barely offer any insight to the man who directed them.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if This is incredible review for those who love Broadway musicals. Very well done with a great cast!

Don't see it if If you only like to see a show in its entirety. If you do not like musicals.

74
Great singing, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

69
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Disconnected numbers, Strong ensemble the were game.

See it if You want to see a cabaret show of songs that Hal Prince directed or produced. Great ensemble of actors/singers. Wish I liked it more.

Don't see it if You are looking for a book musical. There was lots that could have been done, with his huge body of work, but wasn't. Sadly, I was bored.

Also This is not Sondheim on Sondheim or a review that is grounded in stori... Read more Read less

85
Fun, spirited, great sets

See it if you have seen the Prince musicals; this will greatly enhance your enjoyment of this show. Karen Ziemba and Tony Yazbeck outstanding.

Don't see it if If you want a musical with a plot. This is more of a revue.

Also The costumes, the sets, the musical arrangements are all as close to t... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Nostalgic, Ambitious

See it if you have enjoyed such shows as Cabaret, Phantom and Evita and would like to see and hear highlights. Exceptional cast, great performances.

Don't see it if you need a plot to string performances together.

Also This was a thoroughly enjoyable show with great music from Broadway. A... Read more Read less


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...
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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......
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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 th...
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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 element...
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