A Broadway musical built around the career of 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince is in the works. Titled Prince of Broadway, the show is eyeing a Toronto production in the summer of 2012, with a Broadway run to follow, co-directed by Prince and Susan Stroman.
Prince told The New York Times that the show will include about 40 songs from his best-known musicals over the past six decades. His directing credits include the original productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Company, Follies, Candide, Pacific Overtures, Evita, Parade, LoveMusik and Paradise Found. Before becoming a director, he produced The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
“It’s bound to be like a revue, but we also have thoughts about a real subtext for the whole piece,” Prince said, explaining that the show (featuring a script by Scottsboro Boys librettist David Thompson) will likely have a cast of 12. The legendary producer-turned-director was most recently represented on Broadway by LoveMusik in 2007 and co-directed Paradise Found with Stroman in London in May 2010. “It will be a wonderful evening with a lot of showstoppers, a lot of cherished songs, and I want it to be lavish, glamorous,” he said of the Prince of Broadway.
In addition to Thompson, the creative team will include vocal and dance arrangements by Parade composer Jason Robert Brown, orchestrations by Don Sebesky, and musical direction by Eric Stern. The design team will include scenic and projection design by Jerome Sirlin, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter Hylenski.
Prince on Broadway will be produced by Aubrey Dan, Martyn Hayes and Peter W. Lamb for Dancap Productions Inc.