All you have to do is tell the audience something they want to hear.
[Harold] Prince went on to expound his theory: The enduring Broadway masterpieces affirm something that matters profoundly to the audience. Do you want to believe that everyone is entitled to their 15 minutes of fame? You'll love A Chorus Line.
Is it important to feel confident that your culture will endure despite political upheaval? Fiddler On The Roof is just the show for you.
So what does The Phantom Of The Opera tell us? Back to Prince and his bagel. It's such a big hit because it sends out two reassuring messages. No matter how inadequate you feel, it's possible that the person you've dreamed about can be yours, if just for a moment.
And the second message? I still recall Prince's grin. That's the big one, kid: Love conquers everything