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Prince of Broadway

Prince of Broadway is a musical revue showcasing the producing career of Harold Prince. Prince himself directed the production, his final Broadway credit.

Prince of Broadway
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BookDavid Thompson
PremiereOctober 23, 2015 (2015-10-23): Japan
Productions2015 Japan
2017 Broadway

The show features a book by two-time Tony Award nominee David Thompson and is co-directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman. Jason Robert Brown is the musical’s arranger, musical director, and orchestrator.

The musical premiered in October 2015 in Japan and made its Broadway debut on August 3, 2017 at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

BackgroundEdit

The Broadway premiere was announced in March 2012 for November 2012 but did not get a full-scale production due to lack of funding until late 2015 when it opened in Tokyo, Japan. Two teams of producers tried and failed to raise the show’s projected $13 million budget for Broadway. Much of the pre-Broadway cast was replaced.

The musical was originally supposed to open in Toronto and New York in 2012 until its lead producer abandoned the project. A replacement set of producers was announced in May 2012, with a target date of fall 2013 for Broadway.[1]

ProductionsEdit

Umeda Arts Theater Co., Ltd presented the revue in a limited engagement at Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo, Japan.[2] The production ran from October 23 until November 22, 2015. The production then transferred to Osaka, Japan where it played the Umeda Arts Theater's Main Hall from November 28 until December 10, 2015.

The Manhattan Theatre Club and Gorgeous Entertainment presented the revue and began previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on August 3, 2017, prior to an August 24, 2017 opening night. The cast included Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Emily Skinner, Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Michael Xavier, Tony Yazbeck, Karen Ziemba. The creative team included Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, David Thompson, Jason Robert Brown, William Ivey Long, Beowulf Boritt, Howell Binkley, Jon Weston, Paul Huntley, and Angelina Avallone.[3][4]

Musical numbersEdit

Japan 2015 (incomplete list)Edit

Source: Theatre-Orb[5] (incomplete list)[6]

Original castEdit

Cancelled Broadway Premiere (2012)[7] Japan (2015)[8] Broadway (2017)[9]
Sebastian Arcelus
Sierra Boggess
Daniel Breaker
Josh Grisetti
Shuler Hensley
Richard Kind
Amanda Kloots-Larsen
LaChanze
Linda Lavin
Caroline O'Connor
David Pittu
Emily Skinner
Josh Grisetti
Shuler Hensley
Masachika Ichimura (voiceover)[10]
Ramin Karimloo
Nancy Opel
Bryonha Marie Parham
Emily Skinner
Mariand Torres
Kaley Ann Voorhees
Tony Yazbeck
Reon Yuzuki
Chuck Cooper
Janet Dacal
Bryonha Marie Parham
Emily Skinner
Brandon Uranowitz
Kaley Ann Voorhees
Michael Xavier
Tony Yazbeck
Karen Ziemba

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2018 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Yazbeck Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Musical Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Yazbeck Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Emily Skinner Nominated
Outstanding Orchestrations Jason Robert Brown Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Healy, Patrick (March 29, 2013). "'Prince of Broadway' Is Becoming King of Delays". New York Times. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "PRINCE OF BROADWAY|LINEUP|TOKYU THEATRE Orb". theatre-orb.com. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  3. ^ | Prince of Broadway Official Site
  4. ^ Adam Hetrick, |"What did New York Citics Think of Prince of Broadway?", Playbill, August 24th, 2017.
  5. ^ "Songs". Tokyu Theatre Orb. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Prince of Broadway Complete Setlist". Kangeki Binbo Mikan. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Linda Lavin, Sierra Boggess, LaChanze & More Lead PRINCE OF BROADWAY this Fall; First Casting Revealed!". broadwayworld.org. Broadway World. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  8. ^ "The Cast". Tokyu Theatre Orb. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Emily Skinner, Tony Yazbeck, and More Will Bring Prince of Broadway to New York". Playbill. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  10. ^ "BWW Review: PRINCE OF BROADWAY Conquers Audiences in Tokyo and Beyond". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2017-08-04.

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