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"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
“‘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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
“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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you enjoy the musicals that were directed/produced by Harold Prince. This is a revue show with concert-type performances of musical numbers
Don't see it if you want something fresh and new, you don't like Harold Prince, or you want a musical with a plot.
See it if You haven’t seen most of Prince’s shows performed before and don’t mind more concert versions of the popular numbers.
Don't see it if You have seen most of the big shows before. While the performances are great, most of the time it just makes you want the whole show.
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 !
See it if a "greatest hits" approach to a concert style production satisfies you; some very talented cast; moments hinting at what could have been
Don't see it if you are looking for insights into Hal Prince, his eye for the right property, talent, directors, artistic statement. It isn't here - alas.
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.
See it if you love/respect musical theatre & want to see some classics you may or may not know for a thrilling evening.
Don't see it if you don't like musical revues and can get frustrated by some incoherancies.
See it if This vanity piece works as a fun revue of many of your favorite Broadway musical numbers, but it disappoints in it's lack of insight into ..
Don't see it if ...the figure behind them, Hal Prince, who conceals even basic memoir-esqe facts of his journey as Broadway producer.
See it if you like musicals Hal Prince has had a hand in, enjoy music reviews, want to learn a bit about Hal Prince's Broadway history
Don't see it if you're looking for a real, coherent plot
See it if You like musical revues. Performances were A+! Singing was divine. Lots of classic songs from famous shows. Had low expectations-- LOVED it.
Don't see it if You want to learn something about Hal Prince. It's really just a Greatest Hits song/dance show with very little info on the man himself.
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.
See it if you want a bunch of Hal Prince hits in one fast moving evening; cast is excellent, and there's plenty of Sondheim. Very entertaining.
Don't see it if You want a plot, don't like musical reviews.
See it if You love the great musicals, or have never seen many of them. Talented cast reprise some of Prince''s greatest hits...some winning numbers.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or are comparing to the originals. Have seen almost all the shows...and still found this delightful. Great singing!