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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?

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....Phantom of the Opera
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Phantom is the obvious one, but also weren't the original runs of Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiorello, Damn Yankees, Forum, Fiddler, and Cabaret all fairly big commercial successes. I think you're confusing Hal Prince with Stephen Sondheim, very few of whose shows (and several of which Hal Prince produced) recouped.
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Evita
A Little Night Music
Company
Cabaret
Sweeney Todd
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bjh2114
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Phyllis, did the original Company turn a profit? That was the one I wasn't sure of.
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I thought it did, but now I'm not 100% sure.
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Also, the OP is trolling.
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I see the OP has edited his question, so who knows what he wanted - but I think he is wondering if the upcoming Prince of Broadway is going to sell tickets?
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I felt like I heard a stat somewhere that Night Music was the first Sondheim show (music and lyrics) to make a profit during its original run.
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Seriously, why are people dignifying this with a response? He is obviously trolling, and we are taking the bait. Don't respond to this thread anymore and just let it die.
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Really Dumb question.
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Yep, that's exactly what this board is like.
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I don't care if s/he was trolling - I'm kinda curious myself now.
Of the shows mentioned, I don't think the masses flocked just for his name. Maybe the more recent Love/Musik or Paradise Found are examples of his name drawing audiences.

Okay, I'm done caring now.
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I don't think it's a dumb question. Thinking of similar tribute shows; Jerome Robbins' Broadway was a flop, Fosse was a hit.

I'd think they will try to capitalize on images from the musicals he directed, but I doubt it will be an easy sell.
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Well, the original question was "Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success," which was a dumb question.
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What is a mixed commercial success?
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Edit, never mind, a misunderstading, I'm tired.
Updated On: 11/2/12 at 01:47 AM
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Phantom's early days probably owed quite a bit to his name, considering the landscape of Broadway at that time. No long run rides on the director's name, though. You have to appeal to too many people who have no idea who or what a director is.
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Bah, this thread officially sucks.
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"Mixed" means some shows have done well. Others have not.

Right. But your original dumb question was "Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?" not "Was everything Hal Prince ever touched successful?"
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Thanks Phyll.
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I don't know what an open question is. Is that the same thing as a yes or no question because what you asked was a yes or no question.
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Is that your final answer?
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Thanks for that, I learned something. But you still didn't ask an open question according to that definition. Was he ever a commercial success has a definite, provable answer. You can keep moving the goal posts around all you want, but your original dumb question wasn't open at all. Commercial success isn't opinion.


Updated On: 11/2/12 at 01:59 AM
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If we're dealing in semantics, nobody has answered the question...

was Hal Prince a commercial success?

Not his shows, but him.
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I've never seen any of his commercials, but they were successful, according to many.
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Sales of Kellogg's WheatyBran went up 150 percent, according to the Financial Times.

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