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Posted by BroadwayConcierge 2017-08-24 18:04:56


Unless I'm totally overlooking it, it doesn't look like Limelight Mike posted a thread for this... but they should be emerging soon!

I can't imagine anything better than moderate-to-negative reviews for this one. It was a pretty big mess that did nothing more than regurgitate Mr. Prince's IBDB page.

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Posted by BroadwayConcierge 2017-08-24 20:12:43


http://www.amny.com/entertainment/prince-of-broadway-review-lavish-revue-of-hal-prince-is-enjoyable-but-how-about-something-new-1.14088193#

Mostly Positive from AMNY, which uses a song that isn't even in the show to set up the review, so take it with a grain of salt. 

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Posted by Jeffrey Karasarides 2017-08-24 20:18:05


Deadline's review is pretty underwhelming...
http://deadline.com/2017/08/broadway-review-prince-of-broadway-1202155410/

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Posted by Itonlytakesajourney 2017-08-24 20:24:15


Chicago Tribune's review is mostly negative... with some praise for the cast. 

 

  https://www.google.com/amp/www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/broadway/sc-ent-prince-of-broadway-review-0825-story,amp.html

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Posted by BroadwayConcierge 2017-08-24 20:24:37


"Underwhelming?" Deadline literally called it "a colossal disappointment."

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Posted by RaisedOnMusicals 2017-08-24 20:37:53


Having seen the final preview last night, I'm pretty much in agreement with the Deadline and Chris Jones' reviews. 

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Posted by Itonlytakesajourney 2017-08-24 20:40:33


https://www.google.com/amp/www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/review/prince-broadway-theater-review-1032357

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Posted by darquegk 2017-08-24 20:42:57


They never should have fired the robot.

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Posted by Fordham2015 2017-08-24 21:06:24


EW calls it "a mediocre sampler" and says people should see Sweeney Off Broadway instead

http://ew.com/theater/2017/08/24/prince-of-broadway-review/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

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Posted by JennH 2017-08-24 21:14:13


I saw it at the last minute the other night for free, only because it's not something I would have seen of my own accord, but free is free. I mean, it's fine, we get the hear songs form the shows he directed, but it's just like any other revue type of show, there's nothing special about it.

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Posted by Auggie27 2017-08-24 21:20:21


The footage posted here makes the evening looks so startlingly literal in its homage, cruise ship recreations of numbers with all the original concepts intact but on the cheap. And the rare stuff -- "Superman" the exception -- is mostly missing.  The idea of ending with that much of the long overexposed "Phantom," done precisely as it is it is across town, but with slimmer accoutrements, just makes the whole enterprise look recycled -- and missable. 

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Posted by JaglinSays 2017-08-24 21:24:45


Cheap. Vulgar. #sad   Bigly.

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Posted by Miles2Go2 2017-08-24 21:49:28


Does it usually take this long for the New York Times to post their review? 

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Posted by RaisedOnMusicals 2017-08-24 21:53:22


Miles2Go2 said: "Does it usually take this long for the New York Times to post their review? 

 

Yes.

 

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Posted by Miles2Go2 2017-08-24 21:55:08


Time Outhttps://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/prince-of-broadway

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Posted by Miles2Go2 2017-08-24 21:56:57


Huff Post:

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_599f632de4b0a62d0987ae0b

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Posted by BroadwayConcierge 2017-08-24 22:04:02


https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/theater/prince-of-broadway-review.html?referer=https://www.google.com/

NYT always comes out at 10PM on the dot. Brantley is rather kind here, giving credit to the performers but essentially calling the show itself a random blur of things that don't cohere. 

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Posted by Miles2Go2 2017-08-24 22:13:02


Playbill's ongoing compilation of reviews:

http://www.playbill.com/article/what-did-new-york-critics-think-of-prince-of-broadway

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Posted by Ado Annie D'Ysquith 2017-08-25 09:26:42


*shrugs* I enjoyed it for what it was...a revue, featuring a top-notch roster of performers. I agree that more of the "hidden gems" would have been cool- rather than an extended Phantom montage- but my friend and I still had a helluva time.

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Posted by Dover 2017-08-25 09:32:05


BroadwayConcierge said: "NYT always comes out at 10PM on the dot."

The last big Off-Bway show I did, the Times review came out minutes before we started our opening night performance. We were literally at places and somebody was like, "The Times review is out." "How is it?" "Terrible." "OK, don't tell anyone. Happy opening!" (sad trombone)

 

I know the days are long gone of staying up all night at the party to wait for the reviews, but jeez, at least let us start our opening performance with the hope that maybe we won't immediately close.

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Posted by raddersons 2017-08-25 10:19:40


Anyone else catch this ad? Maybe Ben Brantley said that about something, but he didn't say it in his Prince of Broadway review...

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Posted by JustAnotherNewYorker 2017-08-25 11:16:56


Auggie27 said: "The footage posted here makes the evening looks so startlingly literal in its homage, cruise ship recreations of numbers with all the original concepts intact but on the cheap. And the rare stuff -- "Superman" the exception -- is mostly missing.  The idea of ending with that much of the long overexposed "Phantom," done precisely as it is it is across town, but with slimmer accoutrements, just makes the whole enterprise look recycled -- and missable. "

I will say this--it let's you see the good 10 minutes in Phantom without sitting through the other 2:20 of awfulness. And it did introduce my 12 year old to a number of classics, for example between the four Cabaret songs here and "it couldn't please me more" (the Pineapple song) at 54 Below's Broadhurst birthday party, she REALLY wants to see Cabaret when it's next revived.

Overall though, I found it like tapas. Some good nuggets, ultimately leaves me wanting a more substantial course. Even a simple framing device and some semblance of a book/organizing concept would have been an improvement.

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Posted by jimmycurry01 2017-08-25 15:30:19


For those that saw Jerome Robbins' Broadway, how does Prince of Broadway compare in terms of concept and execution?

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Posted by JaglinSays 2017-08-25 15:38:09


Jerome Robbins' Broadway was brilliantly performed and executed; and they did entire CHUNKS of shows, i.e. FIDDLER and WEST SIDE.

It was expensive, looked it, sounded it and artistic, too.

Prince O' Broadway has been compared to dinner theater and cruise ship entertainment.  Yikes.

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Posted by JaglinSays 2017-08-25 15:38:10


Jerome Robbins' Broadway was brilliantly performed and executed; and they did entire CHUNKS of shows, i.e. FIDDLER and WEST SIDE.

It was expensive, looked it, sounded it and artistic, too.

Prince O' Broadway has been compared to dinner theater and cruise ship entertainment.  Yikes.

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Posted by LesWickedly 2017-08-25 16:05:39


raddersons said: "Anyone else catch this ad? Maybe Ben Brantley said that about something, but he didn't say it in his Prince of Broadway review...



 

"

Thought the same thing, but he technically did, though it doesn't reflect his thoughts after seeing the show...

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/theater/must-see-shows-if-youre-in-new-york-this-month.html

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Posted by BrodyFosse123 2017-08-25 17:49:45


JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY had an enormous ensemble as well as featured performers like Faith Prince and it had pre-SEINFELD Jason Alexander introducing each new segment/show.  He'd be costumed to suit the show he was talking about plus played the leading roles for several sections like FIDDLER and FORUM. 

Also, all the original costume designs and set designs were recreated so when you saw a represented show, you felt like you were watching the original production.  Even the PETER PAN bedroom set was recreated with Tony nominated Charlotte d'Amboise as Peter and the opulent "Uncle Tom's Cabin" from THE KING & I was recreated in full.

It was a lavish, expensive and gorgeous Broadway production that will unlikely ever be seen on Broadway for some time.  

Just look at this curtain call:



 

 

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Posted by blaxx 2017-08-26 04:21:30


jimmycurry01 said: "For those that saw Jerome Robbins' Broadway, how does Prince of Broadway compare in terms of concept and execution?

 

"

Loooooooooooool *sorry let me breathe* loooooool

Compared to Prince of Broadway, Jerome Robbins is the War and Peace of musical theater. 

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Posted by Smaxie 2017-08-26 09:00:42


>Even the PETER PAN bedroom set was recreated<

This is splitting hairs, but the Peter Pan set was not the original. Robin Wagner designed a new bedroom set for Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Peter Larkin, the original set designer for Peter Pan, refused to allow his design to be used. 

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Posted by BrodyFosse123 2017-08-26 11:41:13


>Even the PETER PAN bedroom set was recreated<

This is splitting hairs, but the Peter Pan set was not the original. Robin Wagner designed a new bedroom set for Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Peter Larkin, the original set designer for Peter Pan, refused to allow his design to be used. 


I stand corrected.  Robin Wagner did quite an amazing job emulating its essence as it looked identical, especially when the set came apart so they could do the flight to Never Never Land flying at the end of "I'm Flying."

For those curious ones, here's a press reel clip of Charlotte d'Amboise as Peter Pan doing "I'm Flying." in JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsVwPu8-ftQ

NOTE: Charlotte also played Anita in the WEST SIDE STORY Suite section and was also in the ensemble for the other numbers.  

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Posted by rayoflight104 2017-09-02 17:30:42


I got TodayTix rush tickets for Friday 9/1 > seat was Orchestra Row C Seat 118. Great seat.

The performers - A+++

The show itself > I too felt lost as the narration dropped in and out. Would have liked to have seen this consistently throughout the show. I have seen many of Hal's shows   - but not all of them - so I found myself checking the program at intermission to see what shows were represented. Narration or some inclination/subliminal note within the set design of what show was being sung would have been a good idea to add. I found the audience drifting off and getting restless during some of the segments.

Question > in Cabaret - the Kit Kat Band - iorgive me i don't know all about Cabaret - but Michael Xavier as part of the band dressed in drag(?) - is this part of the story (broadway and movie) Or is it usually all girls as part of the band?

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BrodyFosse123 2017-09-02 19:14:11


Question > in Cabaret - the Kit Kat Band - iorgive me i don't know all about Cabaret - but Michael Xavier as part of the band dressed in drag(?) - is this part of the story (broadway and movie) Or is it usually all girls as part of the band?

In the original Broadway production and the 1972 film adaptation, the onstage Kit Kat Klub orchestra/band is all women - no drag in there.  Only in the 1998 Broadway revival is the orchestra composed of both men and women, who also play ensemble/dancer parts in the show as well.  

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Posted by EthelMae 2017-09-02 22:35:46


Saw it last night. Very enjoyable. All the performers get to shine. After listening to War Paint the night before, it was a pleasure to hear all the music represented in this show. And I could hear all the lyrics from all the performers. What a pleasure! I know I sound old and maybe I'm getting there but Ms. LuPone was very frustrating the other night. Still great voice but didn't get much of what she was saying.

Back to Prince. Don't know why the narration in the book suddenly stopped telling us what shows the songs represented were from. Especially She Loves Me. My friend turned to me and asked because he didn't know what show it was from and the show is set up as song to song to song from his different shows. Odd that someone didn't keep on top of that. I felt the restlessness in the audience as scenes were performed from shows they weren't familiar with. I guess a format like that simply has that problem built in.

But overall it was a pleasure to see some of my favorites being performed. Made me want to see them again in their entirety. 

Felt the reviews were a little too harsh.