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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews

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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#26
Posted: 8/25/17 at 4:05pm

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...

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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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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#27
Posted: 8/25/17 at 5:49pm

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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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#28
Posted: 8/26/17 at 4:21am

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

 

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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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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#29
Posted: 8/26/17 at 9:00am

>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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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#30
Posted: 8/26/17 at 11:41am

>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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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#31
Posted: 9/2/17 at 5:30pm

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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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#32
Posted: 9/2/17 at 7:14pm

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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PRINCE OF BROADWAY Reviews#33
Posted: 9/2/17 at 10:35pm

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.

 


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