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Creating the «New Musical»: Harold Prince in Berlin

In collaboration with Daniel Brunet and Miguel Angel Esquivel Rios

Armin Geraths

This volume is a contribution to the aesthetics of the «new musical», which has developed into a high art form over the last thirty years. The decisive breakthrough occurred with Bernstein‘s West Side Story in 1957. It was the producer of this show, Harold Prince, whose subsequent epoch-making directorial and conceptual work created the basis on which the individual work of Kander, Sondheim and Lloyd Webber reached a unified level of the highest quality. The «new musical» and its creator Harold Prince were the subjects of a symposium held at the Neuköllner Oper in Berlin a few days after the World Premiere of Bounce in the presence of the Broadway Master. Contributors were academics and theatre practitioners offering a double perspective modeled on the outstanding example of the collaboration set by Foster Hirsch and Harold Prince.
Contents: Armin Geraths: Introductory Note – Peter Erdmann: The Dean’s Welcome Address – Harold Prince: Foreword – Foster Hirsch: Harold Prince: Introductory Remarks by his Biographer – Foster Hirsch: Stage Interview – Rüdiger Bering: Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim: Adult Musicals – Armin Geraths: The Musical as Entertainment and the Dilemma of Higher Meanings in Harold Prince’s Lloyd Webber Productions – Thomas Siedhoff: European Traces in the Work of Harold Prince – Wolfgang Jansen: From Cabaret to The Phantom of the Opera. Harold Prince’s Musicals in the German Theatre – Miguel Angel Esquivel Rios: The Kiss of the Spider Woman: From Manuel Puig’s Novel through Hector Babenco’s Film to Harold Prince’s Musical Concept – Michael Pinkerton: Speaking of Harold Prince – Michael Kunze: Harold Prince - Highly Personal – Peter Lund: Someday Mister Prince Will Come – Wolfgang Jansen/Angela Reinhardt: An Interview with Harold Prince for musicals - Das Musicalmagazin – Harold Prince: Answers to an Anonymous Journalist at the Symposium – Daniel Brunet: Interview with Terrence McNally about Harold Prince and Kiss of the Spider Women.