Harold Prince Bio
Harold Smith Prince was an American theatrical producer and director associated with many of the famous Broadway musical productions of the 20th century.
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|Birth Date||30 January 1928|
|Birth Place||Manhattan, New York|
|Death Date||31 July 2019|
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Harold Prince was born on 30 January 1928 and died at the age of 91 on 31 July 2019.
He was adopted in childhood by Milton A. He was a stockbroker and Blanche Stern.
Prince completes his graduation from the Dwight School in New York.
then, he entered the University of Pennsylvania, where he followed a liberal arts curriculum and graduated three years later at age 19.
He later served two years with the United States Army in post-World War II Germany.
Harold Prince Career
Prince began work in the theatre as an assistant stage manager to theatrical producer and director George Abbott.
He co-produced The Pajama Game, which won the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical. He went on to direct his own productions in 1962 beginning with A Family Affair and hit a series of unsuccessful productions.
Prince’s production of The Phantom of the Opera, debuting on Broadway in 1988, eventually became the longest-running show in Broadway history. Prince stopped producing because he “became more interested in directing.
Prince was the inspiration for John Lithgow’s character in Bob Fosse’s film All That Jazz. He was also the basis of a character in Richard Bissell’s novel Say, Darling, which chronicled Bissell’s own experience turning his novel 7½ Cents into The Pajama Game.
On May 20, 2007, he gave the commencement address at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 2000, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
In 2006, Prince was awarded a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
The Harold Prince Theatre at the Annenberg Center of the University of Pennsylvania is named in his honor. In 2008 Prince was the keynote speaker at Elon University’s Convocation for Honors celebration.
Prince co-directed, with Susan Stroman, the 2010 musical Paradise Found. The musical features the music of Johann Strauss II as adapted by Jonathan Tunick with lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh.
The book was written by Richard Nelson, based on Joseph Roth’s novel The Tale of the 1002nd Night.
The musical premiered at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on May 19, 2010, and closed on June 26, and starred Mandy Patinkin.
A retrospective of his work, titled Prince of Broadway, presented by Umeda Arts Theater, premiered in Tokyo, Japan on October 2015.
The book was written by David Thompson with additional material and orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown. The revue is co-directed by Susan Stroman and Prince.
Harold Prince Wife Children
Prince married Judy Chaplin, daughter of Saul Chaplin, on October 26, 1962.
They are parents of Daisy Prince, a director, and Charles Prince, a conductor.
Actor Alexander Chaplin, best known as “James Hobert” on Spin City, is Prince’s son-in-law.
Death and Cause
Prince died on 31 July 2019 in Reykjavík, Iceland at the age of 91 following a brief illness.
— Playbill (@playbill) July 31, 2019
— Deadline (@DEADLINE) July 31, 2019
BREAKING: Harold Prince, a towering Broadway figure who won 21 Tony Awards as director and producer, has died at 91, his rep says.
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) July 31, 2019