Saturday, June 6, 2009

TV & Video Clips: Ovation TV Programming Event-- Music of the Night: Broadway

Ovation TV Programming Event:
Music of the Night: Broadway

Kicking off the celebration with tonight's world premiere documentary about renowned theatrical producer and director Harold Prince-- starting tomorrow, Ovation launches into a week-long tribute to Broadway, featuring film versions of such hits as Victor/Victoria; The Music Man; Cabaret; New York, New York, and many more.

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Music of the Night: Promo

Mr. Prince

"This Ovation TV Original Special pays tribute to Hal Prince, the theatrical producer and director who is responsible for the most beloved Broadway shows in history (Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, West Side Story). In his first ever television profile, Prince discusses his illustrious career, his love of theatre, and shares little known behind-the-scenes stories.

"Just in time for Tony Award season, Ovation TV-- the only television network dedicated to art and contemporary culture-- will present the world premiere of an original documentary celebrating the life and career of one of Broadway’s greatest producer/directors, Harold (“Hal”) Prince. Mr. Prince will premiere Saturday, June 6, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and feature interviews with such Broadway luminaries as Carol Burnett, Stephen Sondheim, Joel Grey, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as Mr. Prince himself as he recounts his 40+ years in the theatre and provides a special behind-the-scenes look at his newest musical. Mr. Prince is a Working Pictures production for Ovation TV, produced and directed by Sara Feldman Sheehan and Bobby Sheehan."

Film Intuition Side Note:

We were actually sent a screener of Mr. Prince and can genuinely say that it's a fascinating look at the man behind all those Tony Awards, as those who've worked alongside Prince throughout his productions share candid tales about his "political" takes on both Sweeney Todd and Cabaret which may surprise some.

Always eager to move onto the next project in an inspiring attempt to keep learning from all of his collaborations and productions, his thoughts on the importance of the theatre are of particular interest, sharing that the performance always depends on audience response and can therefore change from night to night in the only medium that he felt actively engages and depends on the various points of views of ticket holders.


Saturday, June 6, 2009: 08:00PM; 11:00PM

Wednesday, June 10, 2009: 08:00PM; 11:00PM

Saturday, June 13, 2009: 12:00PM; 06:00PM

Sunday, June 14, 2009: 01:30AM; 07:00PM

Tuesday, June 16, 2009: 10:00PM

Wednesday, June 17, 2009: 01:00AM

Sunday, June 21, 2009: 01:00PM; 08:00PM

Mr. Prince Trailer

Mr. Prince Clip 1:

Mr. Prince: Clip 2

More about Harold Prince

"During his distinguished career, Harold Prince has directed the premiere productions of Cabaret, the original Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Company, Follies, Candide, Pacific Overtures, Evita, Parade, and LoveMusik.

"Before becoming a director, Mr. Prince’s productions included The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

"Among the plays he has directed are Hollywood Arms, The Visit, The Great God Brown, End of the World, Play Memory and his own play, Grandchild of Kings. His opera productions have been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Theater Colon in Buenos Aires.

"Recently, he became an officer with the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government for 'contributing significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.' He is the recipient of a National Medal of Arts for the year 2000 from President Clinton for a career spanning more than 40 years, in which 'he changed the nature of the American musical.' A 1994 Kennedy Center Honoree, he is the recipient of 21 Tony Awards – more than any other individual.

"Currently, Mr. Prince’s newest version of Phantom is running in New York and in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and he is working on Paradise Found, a grand-scale musical, with co-direction and choreography by Tony Award winning Susan Stroman, and starring Richard Nelson, Ellen Fitzhugh, Jonathan Tunick John Cullum and Mandy Patinkin, and music by Johann Strauss II."

Other Highlights from Ovation's
Music of the Night Programming Event:

West Side Memories

"This documentary unveils the visions that brought West Side Story to the cinema. From its original stage origins through the production of the film, West Side Memories explores how the stunning dance sequences were first choreographed, how friendships were built on set, and how the songs transformed from their original demos to the songs we now know and love."

Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Mask

"This documentary provides a glimpse behind the scenes at the making of the original London production of Phantom of the Opera that as it was set to take the theater world by storm."

Annie: Life After Tomorrow

"Actresses talk about their role as little orphan Annie."

A Sampling of Related Works

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
Directed by Joel Schumacher

Theatrical Trailer

Sweeney Todd
Directed by Tim Burton

Theatrical Trailer

Cabaret Clip: "Mein Herr"
Directed by Bob Fosse

West Side Story Clip: "America"
Directed by Robert Wise

The Pajama Game Clip: "Steam Heat"
Directed by Stanley Donen & George Abbott