Harold Prince's 'Prince of Broadway' to Bow in Summer 2017
Co-directed by Prince and Susan Stroman, the musical revue combines biographical elements with iconic numbers staged by the veteran showman throughout his celebrated six-decade career.
Harold Prince is finally returning to Broadway — this time, with his own story.
The theater legend will co-direct Prince of Broadway, a new musical celebrating the six-decade career of the influential director and producer.
The revue features songs from many of the iconic shows that earned Prince a record 21 Tony Awards — including West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and The Phantom of the Opera — as well as biographical material.
The production also will feature original songs, musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years); book by David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys); and co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman (The Producers).
Originally slated for 2012, the long-in-the-works project was pushed back due to budget concerns before coming together in a world-premiere presentation last fall in Japan.
Prince of Broadway comes to New York via Manhattan Theatre Club, in a limited engagement presented by special arrangement with Gorgeous Entertainment. It will begin previews Aug. 3, 2017, ahead of an Aug. 24 opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Casting is to be announced at a later date.
“Of course I’m delighted that many of my favorite artists will be interpreting the material from a lifetime of work,” said Prince in a statement.
The 88-year-old director-producer, who began his career in the theater working for the legendary George Abbott and later became known for his long collaboration with composer Stephen Sondheim, has been absent from Broadway since 2007, when he directed the Kurt Weill-Lotte Lenya bio-musical LoveMusik, also for MTC.