Tony Award-Winning theatre director Harold "Hal" Prince “belongs on the Mount Rushmore of living directors” with a record-setting 21 Tony Awards and over 50 musicals, plays, and operas to his credit. Prince has shaped Broadway possibly more than any director in history, offering audiences an engaging and informed account of American theatre.
His extraordinary resume as director and/or producer includes many of the most ground-breaking musicals of the past six decades from West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and Cabaret, Follies, Sweeney Todd, and Evita, to Phantom of the Opera and a definitive revival of Showboat. His other hits include Company, She Loves Me, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He has directed two films, Something For Everyone and A Little Night Music, as well as several operas for the Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Vienna Staatsoper.
Prince served as the inspiration for John Lithgow's character in the Bob Fosse film All That Jazz, and was the basis of a character in Richard Bissell's novel Say, Darling, which recounted Bissell's experience of turning an earlier novel into the musical The Pajama Game. The novel-turned-musical was co-produced by Prince in 1955 and ended up winning a Tony Award for Best Musical.
In 2006 Prince was presented with the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. He was also a Kennedy Center Honoree and received the National Medal of Arts.
In his lectures, Prince looks back on his storied career and discusses the evolution of Broadway, examining the impact of higher ticket prices and increased corporate investment. He also speaks of his enthusiasm for regional theatre throughout America.
His musical, LoveMusik, debuted in 2007 about which John Simon commented “I saw it three times, and have come to think that it was very likely the best musical I have ever seen.” Prince's Paradise Found opened in London in 2010. His newest musical, Prince of Broadway, celebrating and re-examining a variety of material from his theater career, will debut on Broadway in 2013.
- Harold Prince Tribute on Ovation TV (2010)
- Harold Prince on Directing (2012)
- Hal Prince talks Broadway and collaborating with Bernstein and Sondheim (2012)
- Mr. Prince, a documentary (2011)
No individual has played a more pivotal a role in shaping Broadway than director/producer Hal Prince. With a record-setting 21 Tony Awards and over 50 musicals, plays, and operas to his credit, Prince’s lengthy resume includes many of the most exceptional musicals of the past six decades including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera. During this moderated interview, Prince reflects on his legendary career complemented by live performances of his works sung by soloists interlaced throughout. The program concludes with an interactive Q&A session with the audience.
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