Founded as the American Music Theater Festival in 1984, for 15 years the company performed in 25 different venues throughout Philadelphia, without a home of its own. In March of 1999, the company opened its first permanent home in the renovated former Midtown Theater at 1412 Chestnut Street, a state-of-the-art musical theater and film center, with full flyloft and orchestra pit, a spacious lobby, and the ability to show films on the mainstage with superb sound and projection.
The Mission of the Prince
The mission of the Prince Music Theater is to nurture and develop the unique American art form of music theater of the highest artistic caliber over a wide aesthetic range-including opera, music drama, musical comedy and experimental work. Above all, we are dedicated to artists of our time seeking to break new ground, while we also celebrate the legacy of the creative mavericks and pioneers who have forged the American musical theater.
Drawing upon operatic and popular traditions as well European, African, Asian and South American forms, new work and new voices take center stage. We also explore ways in which other media-film, video and new technologies-infuse and interact with performance work. The Prince Music Theater serves two constituencies: a local audience of all ages and backgrounds; and a national community of artists and organizations dedicated to creating a body of contemporary American work as a legacy for the future.