It was announced back in May that PRINCE OF BROADWAY, the new musical celebrating the work of the legendary Hal Prince had been delayed from the Fall of 2012 to the Fall of 2013 as the production hunted for new producers. The production is directed by 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince, co-directed and choreographed by 5-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, and features a book by Tony Award nominee David Thompson.
Following up on BWW's exclusive scoop on a presentation of the show, Michael Riedel reports this morning that the show has indeed been picked up by Tom Viertel and Richard Frankel who are aiming to bring the show to New York next fall.
Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld.com reported that a new presentation of the production is taking place today, to hopefully line up additional investors for the show. In the cast of today's reading are Josh Grisetti, LaChanze, Emily Skinner, Sierra Boggess, Shuler Hensley, Richard Kind, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Caroline O'Connor and David Pittu. In a pre-show speech, Prince mentioned that some of the stars were unvailable for the presentation - assumingly referring to Linda Lavin and Sebastian Arcelus, who have been attached to the project.
Celebrating one of the most influential and successful careers in the American theatre of the past 60 years, PRINCE OF BROADWAY will look at the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to Hal Prince creating some of the most enduring and beloved theatre of all time, including The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history.
PRINCE OF BROADWAY will feature words and music from many of the shows that have earned Hal Prince a record 21 Tony Awards.
PRINCE OF BROADWAY includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans.
The production also features musical supervision, incidental music, vocal and dance arrangements by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, orchestrations by Don Sebesky and musical direction by Eric Stern.