PRINCE OF BROADWAY Set for Japan 2015; Broadway 2016; And the Cast Will Be?
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, PRINCE OF BROADWAY, the new musical celebrating legendary Broadway director and producer Harold "Hal" Prince has been postponed indefinitely due to scheduling conflicts. Now according to the New York Post, the musical will debut in Osaka, Japan before moving to Broadway in Spring of 2016.
The musical will open at the Umeda Arts Theater in 2015, featuring previously announced Susan Stroman at the helm, and cast members Sierra Boggess, Emily Skinner and Richard Kind. Linda Lavin, who was originally signed on will no longer be a part of the cast due to a conflict with an upcoming television show.
William Ivey Long, who is still on board to design costumes for the show, revealed at the American Theatre Wing Gala: "I have been working on 'The Prince of Broadway' for 27 years, and I hear it is finally going to be done by people who know how to put on a show in a land across the ocean."
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The show was originally scheduled to open in Toronto, as a part of the Dancap Productions 2012 season, prior to a Broadway production in November 2012. In January 2012, the Toronto enagement was cancelled and later that spring it was revealed in a statement from representatives that it would 'continue without Dancap's involvement.'
In March 2012 it was announced that the Broadway production woud star Linda Lavin, Sebastian Arcelus, Sierra Boggess, Daniel Breaker, Josh Grisetti, Shuler Hensley, Richard Kind, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, LaChanze, Caroline O'Connor, David Pittu and Emily Skinner.
Then in May 2012 it was announced that the show had been delayed from the Fall of 2012 to the Fall of 2013 as the production hunted for new producers. The production was to be 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.
In November 2012 it was announced the the production had been picked up by Tom Viertel and Richard Frankel who were aiming to bring the show to New York in the fall. There is no word yet on when the show will move forward.
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.