The Prince of Egypt Musical Review
‘The Prince of Egypt’ is a musical version of the 1998 biblical animated film of the same name, with the story following the life of Moses from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny of leading his people of Israel, “the Hebrews”, out of Egypt. Originally, Philip LeZebnik used The Book of Exodus to write the story of Moses, which both the animated film and the musical are based on; and the music and lyrics are written by Stephen Schwartz, who is incredibly recognised for his work as a lyricist and composer through his hit musicals such as ‘Godspell’, ‘Pippin’, and ‘Wicked’.
This musical production debuted on 6th October 2017 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View, California. The musical is directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Sean Cheesman, who is well-known for having participated as a judge for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life’.
Following the US debut, the international premiere took place in the Danish production of the musical for ‘The Prince of Egypt’ on 6th April 2018 at the Fredericia Theatre in Fredericia, Denmark. Fredericia Theatre believed that for a larger, older and more visited stage, something innovative and expansive was more fitting, so they reinvented the visual design and created new dance choreographies for the musical.
‘The Prince of Egypt’ then opened in London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre with an opening night on 25th February 2020; however, soon after, the musical production was forced to take a lengthy hiatus starting 17th March 2020, after only six weeks since the opening. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the showing of ‘The Prince of Egypt’ only started up again on 1st July 2021 and is expected to run until 8th January 2022.
‘The Prince of Egypt’ cast in London is a family of 38, including Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam), Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Mercedesz Csampai (Yocheved), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari) and Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron).
With talented people like this cast, it is no wonder the musical is so enjoyable, particularly when the musical numbers are so well done, like “When You Believe” by Alexia Khadime, Christine Allado, and Luke Brady. This song is highly acclaimed and has been performed by many other famous singers like the duet with Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, which is linked down below for you to also enjoy. Another favourite is “Deliver Us”, sung mainly by Mercedesz Csampai and Debbie Kurup, along with the rest of the company, which has a short version available to watch on YouTube, if you would like to get a taste of what you will experience when going to see the musical live.