Prince of Broadway BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
August 24, 2017
Closing:
October 29, 2017

Theater: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre / 261 West 47th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Harold Prince is a legend in the American theatre – the acclaimed director and producer behind a long list of America’s most iconic musicals and the winner of a record-breaking 21 Tony Awards®. Now, he’s bringing together six decades of magical moments in a new musical event. The musical includes hits from such celebrated shows as 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, The Phantom of the Opera and more, in a tribute to Harold Prince’s Broadway career.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Prince of Broadway

    A Prince’s Broadway Kingdom is Scattered to the Winds

    Ben Brantley

    A host of illustrious composers clamor for attention in the overture for “Prince of Broadway,” which opened on Thursday night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Fragments of bizarrely cohabiting songs cozy up and collide in lush orchestral swirls. And before you can name who wrote one naggingly familiar splinter of a tune (Bernstein? Sondheim? John Kander? Andrew Lloyd Webber?), another jostles into the foreground.

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  • NY1 REVIEW OF Prince of Broadway

    NY1 Review of Prince of Broadway

    Roma Torre

    There is much artistry in "Prince of Broadway" and it's performed with immense talent. But given the bravura career of Harold Prince, whose work is celebrated in this musical revue, fans of the great director may be left wanting more.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Prince of Broadway

    TimeOut Review of Prince of Broadway

    Adam Feldman

    “There’s nothin’ to it, but to do it”: That’s the inspirational advice of the baseball coach in Damn Yankees’ “Heart,” the opening number of Prince of Broadway. It’s also the implicit credo of this collection of songs from shows produced or directed by Harold Prince over the course of his astonishing seven decades on Broadway. Prince of Broadway is a revue—really, more of a dutiful review—of musical numbers, with brief snatches of narration in Prince’s voice, delivered by nine actors wearing Prince’s signature glasses on their heads. It builds to a finale, written by Jason Robert Brown, that is brusquely banal: “Do the work. / Do it now,” it orders the audience. “If there’s something to say, then say it.”

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  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF Prince of Broadway

    Lavish revue of Hal Prince is enjoyable, but how about something new?

    Matt Windman

    There’s a song in “Company” — one of the many milestone Broadway musicals helmed by 89-year-old director-producer Hal Prince — called “Sorry-Grateful,” where a character explains his conflicted, contradictory feelings about marriage.

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  • DEADLINE REVIEW OF Prince of Broadway

    ‘Prince Of Broadway’ Skims Seven Decades Of A Legendary Career

    Jeremy Gerard

    A jukebox musical whose selections begin with “Hey There” from 1954’s The Pajama Game and end with “Do The Work,” as up-to-the-minute as opening night in 2017, should be catnip to Broadway fans. Especially when the numbers serve to illustrate a legendary career, as they do in Prince of Broadway, which opened Thursday at the Friedman Theatre. The royal personage in question is Harold Prince, who has amassed 21 Tony Awards as producer (West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof) and director (Cabaret, The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd) of some of the most spectacular hits – and notorious flops (A Doll’s Life, Grind) – in Broadway history. In several cases, even the flops (She Loves Me, Follies) were hits, when the judgment of history is given equal weight with box-office receipts.

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