The Prince Music Theater is a cultural district unto itself. Its musicals include faithful revivals of classics and daring new works by brilliant up-and-comers. The Prince also hosts notable film events, such as the Philadelphia International Film Festival and Philly’s own Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Many of the country’s finest singers and entertainers come to serenade audiences at Morgan’s Cabaret. There’s even a kind of amateur hour called Open Stage@the Prince, which allows regular folks to demonstrate their talents both onstage and off.
Founded in 1984 as the American Music Theater Festival, AMTF took over an old movie house in 1999 and opened under the new name, in honor of a titan of American theater, Harold Prince. Prince’s own lifelong dedication to working with smart young theater writers and educating aspiring artists is reflected in the theater’s programming and through educational initiatives. The Rainbow Connection, for instance, is a program that teaches at-risk middle schoolers to express themselves through the arts and helps them to write their own musical, while the Prince Summer Studio focuses on performance, coaching teens of all levels of experience in singing and dancing during one-week sessions that culminate in a live performance recorded on CD for the participants.
Prince Music Theater Information
- Public Transportation: Very good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is generally Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $30–$60, discounts for students, seniors, and groups available
- Subscriptions: Season subscriptions and Flex passes are $90–$250, Four-Show Cabaret season subscriptions $110–$210.