Harold Prince: A Director's Journey

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"The new material in this second updated edition of Harold Prince, covering the decade of the 90s, has a happy beginning as Kiss of the Spider Woman, once given up for dead, is so successfully resurrected that it goes on to win the 1993 Tony award for Best Musical. It is followed by Prince's joyously welcomed re-creation of Show Boat, also a Tony winner as Best Musical Revival in 1995. In the years since then, Prince has had only one show on Broadway, the dark and demanding Parade, which won the Drama Critics Circle award for Best Musical in ...
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Overview

"The new material in this second updated edition of Harold Prince, covering the decade of the 90s, has a happy beginning as Kiss of the Spider Woman, once given up for dead, is so successfully resurrected that it goes on to win the 1993 Tony award for Best Musical. It is followed by Prince's joyously welcomed re-creation of Show Boat, also a Tony winner as Best Musical Revival in 1995. In the years since then, Prince has had only one show on Broadway, the dark and demanding Parade, which won the Drama Critics Circle award for Best Musical in 1999. And as this book ends, Hal Prince talks enthusiastically of various productions in the planning stage, making clear that the end of his remarkable saga is nowhere in sight."--BOOK JACKET.
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Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Carol Ilson's Harold Prince: A Director's Journey is the definitive biographical work on one of the most successful and influential men of Broadway and American musical theatre during the decade of the 1990s. Candid, informative, insightful, occasionally inspiring, Harold Prince is very highly recommended reading for students of American theatre in general, and Harold Prince in particular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879102968
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 540
  • Sales rank: 920,130
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Prologue 1
1 Broadway Novice Meets Broadway Legend: Harold Prince & George Abbott 5
2 Broadway's New Producing Team: Griffith & Prince 13
3 Broadway Innovation: West Side Story 33
4 The Fifties End 45
5 The Sixties Begin 55
6 A Chance to Direct 67
7 Broadway History: Fiddler on the Roof 95
8 A Musical Holmes & A Black Comedy 109
9 A Parting with One Superman--A Meeting with Another 121
10 A Major Hit & A Near Miss 135
11 Prince & Sondheim and the "Modern Musical" 159
12 A Musical in 3/4 Time & An Environmental Restaging 199
13 A Daring Venture: Pacific Overtures 227
14 An Ebb of the Tide 243
15 Back on Board: On the Twentieth Century 249
16 The Conquering Musical: Evita 261
17 Broadway Meets Grand Guignol: Sweeney Todd 281
18 A String of Valiant Attempts 299
19 A Re-Vision: Cabaret 339
20 His "Greatest Personal Success"--So Far: The Phantom of the Opera 343
21 A Trip to Purchase: Kiss of the Spider Woman 361
22 Kiss of the Spider Woman Reborn 375
23 Recreating an American Masterpiece: Show Boat 387
24 Parade 405
Epilogue 413
Appendix 427
Notes 439
Bibliography 481
Index 503
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