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.
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” 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
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." 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
“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
"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." Full Review
"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.'" Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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!" Full Review
"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." 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
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“‘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.” 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 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
“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
"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
See it if A really entertaining show great songs great sets great history great time
Don't see it if Your jaded and you hate musical numbers, hate hits, your board with great sets great singing and hits from A multitude of great shows
See it if you're a theatre lover and want a night to enjoy many of the amazing highlights of Harold Prince's career. Reminded me why I love theatre.
Don't see it if You're not majorly invested in a lot of different types of musicals. You might be confused if you don't know the context of these songs.
See it if A great history of musical theater! A highlight show of Hal Prince's productions with some of the most talented performers! Very enjoyable!
Don't see it if Only if you don't like musical theater.
See it if You love the work of Harold Prince, or want to explore more of his works. Also see it if you love a chronological piece, and shows he did.
Don't see it if You don't like revue pieces. This piece felt reminiscent of Sondheim on Sondheim but with its own flavor.
See it if You have ever seen a musical. This was not a revue, it was a re-creation of each of the musicals. It will whet your appetite to see a full
Don't see it if production of these shows. You don't like musicals or you don't like parts of shows.
See it if You love Hal Prince's shows and have never been able to see all of them. Well this show has his "greatest hits" in one convenient place.
Don't see it if You hate musical revues.
See it if You love musical theatre. You love masterclasses in how to approach these songs. If you want to see theatre history. If you love Hal Prince.
Don't see it if Don't love theatre. Want a show with a story. Want something new. Don't love amazing performances.
See it if You are a fan of anything Harold Prince. Extremely talented cast and great music!
Don't see it if You are not a fan of Harold Prince musicals. But just try it and you will NOT be disappointed!
See it if you love seeing the best songs from the hit musicals directed by Hal Prince-it leaves you wishing for the complete show
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy snippets of great hit shows
See it if For the electrifying performances and dazzling production. Pure bliss and you want to see even more.
Don't see it if you expect much insight into Prince's life or inspiration or if bothered by little story or chronology issues.
See it if you love Broadway. Fabulous singing. Each song was better than the one before. Tony Y's tap dance and the overture were astounding!
Don't see it if you are looking for a storyline. There isn't much of a plot. But, who cares?
See it if It was a lesson to Broadway that a great theme, marvelous direction,outstanding music and lyrics are what make a great musical!Fine acting
Don't see it if You are still taken with unmemorable music (except for "Hamilton", ) , and boring but ostentatious productions.
See it if You love cabaret shows and revues of the best of Broadway. The cast was incredibly talented and it's overall just a fun show.
Don't see it if You want story or a through line. This is a chronological show-and-tell of Hal Prince's impact on Broadway shows.
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