Photo Flash Exclusive: Harold Prince, Susan Stroman & PRINCE OF BROADWAY Cast Members Head to Tokyo to Meet the Press!
Umeda Arts Theater recently announce the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Prince of Broadway, a new musical celebrating the extraordinary six decade Broadway career of producer-director Harold Prince. The production will play from October 23-November 22, 2015 at Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo, Japan and November 28-December 10, 2015 at Umeda Arts Theater, Main Hall, in Osaka, Japan. In celebration, Prince, director Susan Strom, Shuler Hensley, and Kaley Ann Voorhees recently made the trek to Tokyo to meet the press - BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive photos below!
The event also featured Masachika Ichimura, who starred in the long-running Japanese production of Phantom of the Opera. Masachika will provide the voiceover for Harold Prince during the productions.
Prince of Broadway, which features words and music from many of the shows that have earned Hal Prince a record 21 Tony Awards, has a book by two-time Tony Award nominee David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier), co-direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman(The Producers, Contact, Crazy for You) and direction by Mr. Prince.
The cast includes Shuler Hensley (Tony Award winner for Oklahoma!), Ramin Karimloo (Phantom of the Opera, Tony Award nominee for Les Miserables),Nancy Opel (Honeymoon in Vegas, Tony Award nominee for Urinetown), David Pittu (Tony Award nominee for Love Musik and Is He Dead?), Emily Skinner(Billy Elliot, Tony Award nominee for Side Show), Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You), Marian Torres (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Wicked), Kaley Ann Voorhees (Phantom of the Opera) and Reon Yuzuki (former Top Star of the Takarazuka Revue Company's Star Troupe).
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.
Prince of Broadway will feature set design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Sonoyo Nishikawa and sound design by Koichi Yamamoto. Wig design is by Paul Huntley. Musical supervisor and arrangements are by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. Musical director is Fred Lassen. Casting is by Tara Rubin.
Tickets are now on sale for performances from October 23-November 22, 2015 at Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo, Japan, and November 28-December 10, 2015 at Umeda Arts Theater, Main Hall, in Osaka, Japan.
Rehearsals for Prince of Broadway begin in New York on September 1.
Photos by Tomoko Hanai
Junichi Otsuka (President of Umeda Arts Theater Co., Ltd.), Reon Yuzuki, Masachika Ichimura, Hideo Shimada (President of Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company, Limited), Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, Shuler Hensley, Kaley Ann Voorhees