Harold Prince: January 30, 1928 – July 31, 2019

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Harold Prince
January 30, 1928 – July 31, 2019

We mourn the loss of a true innovator of American Musical Theater, director-producer Harold “Hal” Prince, who passed away this morning at 91 years of age after a brief illness, in Reykjavik, Iceland. He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Judy; his daughter, Daisy; his son, Charles; and his grandchildren, Phoebe, Lucy, and Felix.

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He asked that there be no funeral. This fall, there will be a celebration of his life with the people he loved most, the members of the theatrical community that he was a part of for seven decades.

Prince was born in Manhattan on January 30, 1928. He attended the Dwight School in NYC, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and was in the United States Army for two years, stationed in post-World War II Germany. His time there greatly influenced the look of his original production of Cabaret.

He began his theatrical career as an assistant stage manager, moved into producing, and then on to directing, often hiring himself as director for the shows he produced.

Throughout his career, he won 21 Tony Awards—more than anyone else—and directed some of the most iconic musicals in the American Theater including Fiddler on the Roof, Follies, Cabaret, Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, and Evita.

He also surrounded himself with icons of Musical Theater, most notably Stephen Sondheim, but also John Kander, Fred Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bob Fosse, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Bennett, and many more.

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He changed the face of musical theater, never afraid to tackle dark subjects, moving the musical from pure entertainment to thought provoking.

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  1. Chuck Prentiss

    We need a Hal Prince Theater on Broadway, in his Honor!

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