There can be miracles when you believe, or so the song goes, anyway. If you were in any doubt, just get yourself down to the Dominion Theatre for the West End’s latest hit – Prince of Egypt.
The music and lyrics for this new production based on the DreamWorks film has been written by acclaimed lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz, the man behind such classics as Wicked and Pocahontas. Schwartz has won a plethora of awards in his long career, including three Grammy and three Academy Awards. During that period, Schwartz has also been nominated for six Tony Awards.
UK audiences will remember the Prince of Egypt mainly for its smash hit single When You Believe. Peaking at No.4 in the UK charts, the Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston song became a popular favourite, and one of Houston’s last big chart successes.
To this crowd pleaser, Schwartz has added a further ten numbers with song titles including One of Us, Faster and Always on my Side.
The Prince of Egypt follows the biblical story of Moses, as he grows from the baby abandoned on the Nile, to a prince of Egypt, to the saviour of the Hebrews. The production is based on a book by Philip LaZebnik, the acclaimed writer behind the screenplays for such animated classics as Pocahontas and Mulan. Choreography will come from Sean Cheesman.
The show made its debut at TheatreWorks, California, on the 6th of October 2017. This was quickly followed by both a Danish translation of the story, and the announcement of a West End stage outing for the story.
The West End version of the Prince of Egypt opened at the Dominion Theatre on the 5th of February 2020. However, the production closed again in late March 2020 due to the Coronavirus Crisis.
Said to be significantly revised, with new costumes, sets, projection, illusion and sound designs, the London show also features a world exclusive in the shape of a new song.
The Prince of Egypt will reopen at the Dominion Theatre on the 1st of July 2021. Information about the production can be found here,
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