Harold Prince Biography

Also Credited As: Harold S. Prince
 
Date Of Birth:
January 30, 1928
Date Of Death:
July 31, 2019 (91)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Harold S. Prince (b. New York City, NY, 30 January 1928), also known as “Hal” Prince, was a theater producer and director who made a significant contribution to Broadway musicals in America. In a career that spanned more than fifty years, Prince has received ten Drama Desk Awards as Outstanding ... (read more)
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Date of Birth: January 30, 1928
Date of Death: July 31, 2019 (91)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Harold S. Prince (b. New York City, NY, 30 January 1928), also known as “Hal” Prince, was a theater producer and director who made a significant contribution to Broadway musicals in America. In a career that spanned more than fifty years, Prince has received ten Drama Desk Awards as Outstanding ... (read more)

Harold S. Prince (b. New York City, NY, 30 January 1928), also known as “Hal” Prince, was a theater producer and director who made a significant contribution to Broadway musicals in America. In a career that spanned more than fifty years, Prince has received ten Drama Desk Awards as Outstanding Director and 21 Tony Awards® for Best Direction, Best Producer, Best Musical, and Lifetime Achievement. In addition, Prince was the Kennedy Center Honoree in 1994 and the recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2000.



Prince received his education at University of Pennsylvania, where he enrolled in a liberal arts program and was actively involved in the student theater group, Penn Players. After graduating in 1948, he returned to New York and began working as an assistant stage manager to producer and director George Abbott. This experience led to co-production opportunities with Robert E. Griffith and Frederick Brisson, resulting in the first two musicals that won Tonys® for Prince – The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955).



After several co-productions, including the classic West Side Story in 1957, Prince began to produce his own musicals. His Fiddler on the Roof (1964) enjoyed enormous success with a record-breaking run of over three thousand performances between 1964 and 1972. Meanwhile, Prince also took on the role of director. Many of the most popular musicals of the following decades were created under his direction, including Cabaret (1966), Sweeney Todd (1979), Evita (1979), and The Phantom of the Opera (1988).



Besides his achievements as a producer and director, Prince is also known for bringing innovation to the theatrical arts. In collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, he was a pioneer in the development of the “concept musical,” taking its departure from an idea or theme rather than from a traditional story. Their first project of this kind, Company (1970), was a solid success and paved the way for other innovative musicals.



Prince’s contribution to the arts extends beyond the musical theater: he has made a number of movie adaptations (Damn Yankees 1958, A Little Night Music 1977), and directed for television (Candide 1986). In addition, he has served as a trustee for the New York Public Library and on the National Council of the Arts of the National Education Association.

Harold Prince Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Harold Prince, LoveMusik
 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Gold Star
Harold Prince
 
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Direction of a Musical
Harold Prince, Parade
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Harold PrinceShowboat
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Harold PrinceShowboat
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1995 - Best Director - Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Show Boat
 
Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Show Boat
 
Olivier Awards - 1993 - Best Director of a Musical
Harold Prince, Kiss Of The Spider Woman
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Direction of a Musical
Harold Prince, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production
Harold PrinceThe Phantom of the Opera
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1992 - Best Director
Harold Prince - Grandchild of Kings
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Director - Musical
Harold Prince, Phantom of the Opera
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production
Harold PrinceCabaret
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince , The Phantom of the Opera
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Director - Musical
Harold Prince, Cabaret
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Direction of a Musical
Harold Prince , Grind
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Musical
Harold Prince, Grind
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1980 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Evita
 
Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Costume Design Gold Star
Harold Prince, Evita
 
Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Evita
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Sweeney Todd
 
Olivier Awards - 1978 - Director of the Year
Harold Prince, Evita
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Direction of a Musical
Harold Prince, On the Twentieth Century
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Musical
Harold Prince, Side by Side by Sondheim
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1976 - Outstanding Director - Musical
Harold Prince, Pacific Overtures
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Musical
Harold Prince, Pacific Overtures
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1974 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Harold Prince, Candide
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1974 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Harold Prince, The Visit
 
Obie Awards - 1974 - Distinguished Direction Gold Star
Harold PrinceCandide
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Candide
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Harold Prince, The Great God Brown
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Harold Prince, A Little Night Music
 
Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, A Little Night Music
 
Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, A Little Night Music
 
Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince , Follies
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Harold Prince, Follies
 
Tony Awards - 1971 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Company
 
Tony Awards - 1971 - Best Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Company
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1970 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Harold Prince, Company
 
Tony Awards - 1969 - Best Direction of a Musical
Harold Prince, Zorba
 
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Harold Prince, Cabaret
 
Tony Awards - 1965 - Producer (Musical) Gold Star
Harold Prince, Fiddler on the Roof
 
Tony Awards - 1964 - Best Direction of a Musical
Harold Prince, She Loves Me
 
Tony Awards - 1964 - Producer (Musical)
Harold Prince, She Loves Me
 
Tony Awards - 1963 - Producer (Musical) Gold Star
Harold Prince, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
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