Hal Prince Musical ‘Prince of Broadway’ to Premiere on Broadway

Ryoji Fukuoka

He's produced some of the biggest shows on Broadway, including the premiere productions of "West Side Story," "Damn Yankees," "Fiddler on the Roof," "She Loves Me!," "Cabaret," "Follies," "Sweeney Todd," "The Pajama Game," and "Company."

He's also directed some megahits, like "The Phantom of the Opera," "Evita" "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Candide" and "On the Twentieth Century."

And now, the six-decade career of 21-time Tony winner Harold "Hal" Prince will come to the stage in "Prince of Broadway" – a new musical set to open at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this summer.

Previews begin Aug. 3, 2017 with an opening night set for Aug. 24, 2017.

The musical, which will feature musical highlights from shows produced and/or directed by Prince, was originally announced for Broadway in 2012 but didn't get a full-scale production until late 2015 when it opened in Tokyo, Japan.

Its cast, then, included Broadway veterans Tony Yazbeck, Ramin Karimloo, Emily Skinner, Nancy Open, Josh Grisetti and Shuler Hensley. No word whether they'll reprise their pieces in the Broadway production. Casting will be announced at a later date.

As for a director for the new musical, producers have turned to a proven hitmaker: Prince himself.

He'll lead the piece, with co-direction from Susan Stroman ("The Producers"). She'll also choreograph the musical — reuniting with Prince after first working with him in the 1994 "Show Boat" revival."

Prince is also reteaming with composer Jason Robert Brown after directing Brown's 1998 musical, "Parade." Brown will provide "Prince of Broadway" with new songs, musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations.

The show's book comes from David Thompson ("Chicago," "The Scottsboro Boys").

"Of course I’m delighted that many of my favorite artists will be interpreting the material from a lifetime of work," Prince said in a statement.

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