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Hal Prince is a hack

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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#2
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:21am
....Phantom of the Opera
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Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:23am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#3
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:25am
Evita
A Little Night Music
Company
Cabaret
Sweeney Todd
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#4
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:25am
Phyllis, did the original Company turn a profit? That was the one I wasn't sure of.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#5
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:27am
I thought it did, but now I'm not 100% sure.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#6
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:29am
Also, the OP is trolling.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#7
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:30am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#9
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:31am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#11
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:33am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#12
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:34am
Really Dumb question.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#15
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:39am
Yep, that's exactly what this board is like.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#17
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:41am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#18
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:41am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#19
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:43am
Well, the original question was "Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success," which was a dumb question.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#21
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:46am
What is a mixed commercial success?
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#23
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:47am
Edit, never mind, a misunderstading, I'm tired.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#25
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:49am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#26
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:49am
Bah, this thread officially sucks.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#27
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:49am
"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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#28
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:50am
Thanks Phyll.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#30
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:54am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#31
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:56am
Is that your final answer?
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#33
Posted: 11/2/12 at 1:59am
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.


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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#35
Posted: 11/2/12 at 2:03am
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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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#36
Posted: 11/2/12 at 2:05am
I've never seen any of his commercials, but they were successful, according to many.
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Was Hal Prince ever a commercial success?#37
Posted: 11/2/12 at 2:09am
Sales of Kellogg's WheatyBran went up 150 percent, according to the Financial Times.

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