It looks like Harold Prince will have to wait a little longer before collecting his 22nd Tony Award. Prince of Broadway, a musical revue of songs from the illustrious career of the 85-year-old Broadway icon, will no longer be opening on Broadway in fall 2013, as was previously intended. "Prince of Broadway will not be presented on Broadway this fall," a spokesman for the show's producers said in a statement. "It has proved impossible to coordinate the schedules of everyone involved in the show. It is not clear at this time when the production will move forward."
The show was originally planning for a fall 2012 opening before producers Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Thomas Viertel announced their plans to push the opening to fall 2013 following the sudden withdrawal of Canadian producer Aubrey Dan (Dancap Productions).
Prince of Broadway is directed by the "Prince" himself and codirected by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers), who has recently been occupied with her work on the musical Big Fish, which is in the midst of rehearsals for its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago.
With a book by Tony Award nominee David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys), the show features music from some of Prince's most notable works, 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. Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years) has served as the production's musical supervisor and has provided incidental music, as well as vocal and dance arrangements. Eric Stern is music-directing with orchestrations by Don Sebesky.
Prince of Broadway also boasts a highly decorated creative team, including set design by Tony Award nominee Beowulf Boritt (Grace), costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long (Cinderella), lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (A Christmas Story), and sound design by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).
In the meantime, Broadway will be holding its collective breath awaiting the arrival of its Prince.
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