Oracle is about to speak.
stands at the front of a small West Side rehearsal studio, facing
his audience: young, fresh-faced actors and actresses; set and
costume designers; directors and stage managers and writers and
composers. A few minutes earlier, he had been greeting and hugging
them and asking about their summers. Now its time to get down
to business. The coffee-spiked chatter flat-lines.
have to tell you how important I think this whole journey is,
and how exciting I think it is, begins Harold S. Prince C48
Hon71, better known as Hal. In the last month or so, theres
been an awful lot of publicity about new composers and new lyricists
and new librettiststhe need for the musical theater to find,
identify and develop the next generation. And I think its wonderful
that were right here at the right time.
for a moment and looks around, his still-vital visage framed by
the trim white beard and black-frame glasses perched on his hairless
cant resist saying something, he adds. I happen to know that
there are, in this room among you, a few people who have turned
down very, very high-paying jobs on Broadway to do this. And not
only do I celebrate thatbut I think its the right priority!
laughter, then applause. The collective adrenaline surges. The
Oracle has offered favorable omens.