The Theatre Community Remembers Broadway Titan Harold Prince

Obituaries   The Theatre Community Remembers Broadway Titan Harold Prince
 
The prolific producer-director died at 91.
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Howard McGillin and Harold Prince Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The beloved producer and director Harold Prince passed away July 31. Between his work as a producer and as a director, he's responsible for works such as Company, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, and so many more. Read his complete obituary—and learn about his entire list of credits—here. He has received 21 Tony Awards, the most for any individual in multiple categories. He remains represented on Broadway with his long-running production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Many members of the Broadway community have taken to social media to share their memories, gratitude, and thoughts. We will continue to update.


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Three and a half years ago, my dream came true and I got to spend a week in a studio working with Hal Prince on a workshop of @thebandsvisit. This was a man whose work I had spent years studying and obsessing over - from FIDDLER to CABARET to COMPANY to PHANTOM to SWEENEY TODD. At one point, the stage manager read a direction from the script: “The cafe doors open.” Hal shouted, “STOP! STOP!” The room went quiet. “No doors!” he demanded. “I haven’t used doors in fifty years. Look at all my shows going back to Cabaret. I gave up doors years ago! No. Doors.” I was smiling from ear to ear. Hal was the definition of a master of one’s craft. Working with him was a moment in my career that I’ll never forget. Good night, Hal Prince. Thank you for making the world better with your art. ❤️ #RIP #HalPrince

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The Broadway community has lost a legend, a visionary, a great friend and advocate with the passing of Hal Prince. Hal’s brilliance onstage, in rehearsal halls and from his producing office was matched by the warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit he brought to organizations whose task was the well-being of those with whom he worked and loved. @bcefa was but one of many. A founding Trustee of Broadway Cares in 1988, Hal’s great friendship and continued support for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS gave us the ability to build the foundation upon which our best work has been done for more than 30 years and will be into the future. The “Meeting with Hal Prince” auction lot was always a favorite at our Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Winners came back from the one-on-one conversation with Hal dazzled, cared for and feeling as if they had met more with a friend than a giant of the Broadway theatre. Although surely, Hal Prince was both. Photo by @rivka_s_katvan.

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