Sunday, May 19, 2024

Broadway Legend Hal Prince Dead at 91, Winner of 21 Tony Awards, the Most Ever, Produced “Cabaret,” “West Side Story,” Most Sondheim Shows


Hal Prince, quite literally the prince of Broadway and maybe the King, has died at age 91.

Really, this incredible legendary figure seemed like he was going to live forever.

Prince produced so many hit shows and classic shows, directed many as well, it also seemed like he was a team of people. He last appeared on Broadway in 2015 in a revue of his hits called “Prince of Broadway.” He won 21 Tony Awards, the most of any individual.

His productions as producer and/or director ran from “West Side Story,” “Cabaret” and “Fiddler on the Roof” through “Phantom of the Opera”, “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and most of Stephen Sondheim’s shows including “Sweeney Todd.”

A statement from his publicist: Harold Prince died this morning at 91 years of age after a brief illness, in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is missed and loved by his family – Judy, his wife of 56 years; his daughter, Daisy; his son, Charles; and his grandchildren, Phoebe, Lucy, and Felix. As per his wishes, there will be no funeral but there will be a celebration of his life this fall with the people he loved most, the members of the theatrical community that he was a part of for seven decades.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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