By MICHAEL ST.
CLAIR and MARK ST.
JOHNSON, Associated PressWASHINGTON — The piano in the front row of the Prince-owned concert hall is a replica of the piano that was the inspiration for the hit TV show “The Price is Right.”
The piano is a custom instrument, hand-made by Prince and his son, who also plays the organ and organist, the Prince Symphony Orchestra.
The piano in front of the Royal Opera House, where Prince is scheduled to perform Saturday night, was made by his son in collaboration with pianist Peter Schiraldi, who is also a member of the orchestra.
The replica is being used in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by the Royal Academy of Music, for the first time.
The musical was created in 2005.
The orchestra and the Royal Theater will perform the new song, written by the composer Richard Wagner.
The show will be broadcast nationally and streamed live on NBC and the BBC, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The opera is scheduled for performances in London, Dublin and Dublin in March, then in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City in April and May.
The Royal Opera is owned by the Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros. Music Entertainment.