You’ve grown up with the story, and now you can watch the filmed live stage production!
The Prince of Egypt: Live from the West End is a must-see event for all fans of musical theatre. Filmed live at the West End’s Dominion Theatre in London, the show features a huge cast and an orchestra of 60 performers, making it one of the biggest musicals ever staged.
Based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film, the classic story has been brought to life by Grammy-winning composer Stephen Schwartz’s music and Sean Cheesman’s (“So You Think You Can Dance”) amazing choreography. This epic, critically acclaimed production tells an inspiring tale of resilience and hope.
Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.
Wow! If you like The Prince of Egypt animated movie – or stage plays and musicals, or music and dance in general – you will love The Prince of Egypt: Live from the West End. It’s basically the live stage production on film. Watch it on your big screen TV and it’s the next best thing to being there in person. You’ll get a better view than if you were in the live audience, too.
I thought it’s interesting that this musical is based on the 1998 DreamWorks animated film of the same name. I guess a lot of people loved that movie! DreamWorks received numerous requests from both amateur and professional theater companies. So they got together with Philip LaZebnik (the screenplay writer) and Stephen Schwartz (the composer), to adapt the movie for the stage.
Schwartz wrote 17 songs for the Prince of Egypt stage production, 12 of which are new songs and 5 were reprised from the original animated film – so you will recognize beloved classics like “When You Believe,” “Deliver Us,” “All I Ever Wanted,” “Through Heaven’s Eyes,” and “The Plagues.”
The production’s breathtaking music, captivating storytelling, and stunning visuals combine to bring the timeless story of The Prince of Egypt to life. The musical essentially follows the same narrative as the movie, about the Egyptian Prince Moses who learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. However, it includes characters that aren’t in the movie, and watching the live on-stage action has a completely different feel than viewing the animation.
The Prince of Egypt: Live from the West End is a lively and beautiful musical rendition of the beloved Bible story. The choreography and visual aspects of this theatrical production are phenomenal! It’s amazing what can be done with creative choreography and a group of talented dancers. The sets are simple but effective, with projections used for backdrops, and curtains are used in innovative ways – like for the parting of the Red Sea. You have to see it to believe it!
This is the perfect musical for the whole family to watch together to spark meaningful conversations about Moses and The Old Testament! It’s also a good opportunity to revisit Exodus chapters 1-12 for context and to refresh your memory of the birth of Moses up until the time he leads the Israelites out of Egypt.
Genre: Musical, Theatrical, Biblical
Cast: Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime
Directors: Scott Schwartz (the composer’s son), Brett Sullivan
Producers: Michael McCabe, Neil Laidlaw
Run Time: 2hrs 24min
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language & Audio: 5.1 / 2.0
Subtitles: English Closed Captioned / Latin Spanish / French European
Picture: Widescreen / Color
Release Date: December 5, 2023
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Many thanks to NBC Universal for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.
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