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Farewell to Hal Prince legendary Broadway producer and director

By: staedoorscribbler - August 5, 2019

Hal Prince receiving an award from Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison in 2007

We were sad to hear of the death last week at the age of 91 of that legendary theatre figure Hal Prince. 

The legendary Broadway producer and director who died after a short illness in Reykjavik, Iceland, was the guiding light behind shows like Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Sweeney Todd  and many more productions that changed the history of musical theatre. 

In a career that spanned more than 50 years he won a record 21 Tony awards. He started his career as a co-producer on musicals like West Side Story and found fame as the producer of Fiddler on the Roof, which achieved an eight year  record-breaking run of more than 3,000 performances from 1964 to 1972.

Hal was admired for his instinct for a hit show and the no compromising style of delivery that invariably hit the mark. He was a stickler for detail and had an intuitive understanding that even the best show can be enhanced tiny additions and tweaks.

Perhaps not surprisingly it was Andrew Lloyd Webber who led the tributes from the theatre world. 

In a Twitter message Lord Lloyd Webber described him as "Not just the prince of musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom. This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theatre was without equal.”