Prince, Hal

Prince, Hal

(Harold Smith Prince), 1928–2019, American theatrical producer and director, b. New York City. After working as an assistant stage manager to George AbbottAbbott, George,
1887–1995, American theatrical producer, director, and playwright, b. Forestville, N.Y. He began (1913) in the theater as an actor and, during a career that spanned eight decades, was celebrated as a coauthor, director, or producer of more than 100 Broadway
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, Prince became at 26 the coproducer of The Pajama Game, a major Broadway musical of 1954. He followed this with many more successful productions, including Damn Yankees (1955), West Side Story (1957), Fiorello! (1961), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), and Cabaret, which was also his first success as a director (1966). Among the shows that he both produced and directed in collaboration with Stephen SondheimSondheim, Stephen Joshua
, 1930–, American composer and lyricist, b. New York City. As a young man, he studied lyric writing with Oscar Hammerstein 2d, and early in his career he wrote lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story
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 are Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Pacific Overtures (1976), and Sweeney Todd (1979). He also directed Evita (1969), Phantom of the Opera (1986), and Parade (1998), as well as operas. During his long career he won an unmatched 21 Tony Awards.


See his memoir, Sense of Occasion (2017); autobiography, Contradictions (1974); studies by Carol Ilson (1989 and 2000), S. French (1993), and F. Hirsch (rev. ed. 2000).

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Prince, (Harold Smith) Hal

(1928–  ) theater producer, director; born in New York City. Along with his frequent associate, Stephen Sondheim, he was associated with some of Broadway's most successful musicals, winners of many awards. His shows include Pajama Game (1954), West Side Story (1957), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), A Little Night Music (1973), and Sweeney Todd (1979).
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Inspired by elements of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V plays, the story follows a young, disgraced prince, Hal (Henry V), who inherits the crown after his brother dies in battle just prior to his coronation.