Prince, Hal

Prince, Hal

(Harold Smith Prince), 1928–, American theatrical producer and director, b. New York City. After working as an assistant stage manager, Prince became at 26 the coproducer of 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), and Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Among the shows that he has 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), and Sweeney Todd (1979). He also directed Phantom of the Opera (1986) and Parade (1998).


See his memoir, Sense of Occasion (2017); autobiography, Contradictions (1974).

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.