Harold Prince

Producer, Director, Office boy
Director-producer Harold Prince changed the face of Broadway as its preeminent showman of the second half of the 20th Century by pioneering the so-called "concept musical", a show built around an idea that incorporated ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1928 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Broadway Legends 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Leonard Bernstein's New York 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music Center 25th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernstein at 70 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Musical Magician 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

My Life For Zarah Leander 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Candide (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Madama Butterfly 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Sweeney Todd 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Something For Everyone 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Executive (1)

Willie Stark 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive
Production Management (1)

The Phantom of the Opera 2004 (Movie)

Original Stage Play Director (Stage Manager)

Biography

Director-producer Harold Prince changed the face of Broadway as its preeminent showman of the second half of the 20th Century by pioneering the so-called "concept musical", a show built around an idea that incorporated fluid, cinematic staging, a strong score and utilitarian scenery. Beginning in the mid-1960s with "Cabaret" and stretching through to 1998's "Parade", a Prince-directed musical, whether successful or not, always signaled quality.

Relationships

Blanche Prince

Mother

Saul Chaplin

Father-In-Law
born on February 12, 1912 died on November 15, 1997

Judy Prince

Wife
married on October 26, 1962 suggested to husband the idea for a musical about teenagers that resulted in "Merrily We Roll Along" (1981)

Milton Prince

Father

Daisy Prince

Daughter
born c. 1965 married actor Alexander Gaberman in May 1997 changed surname to Chaplin to honor her mother and grandfather, composer Saul Chaplin made directing debut with Jason Robert Brown's "Songs for a New World" (1995)

Charles Prince

Son
born c. 1963

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1948

Milestones

2002

Directed the stage play "Hollywood Arms", co-written by Carol Burnett and her daughter Carrie Hamilton

2000

Staged the trio of one-act musicals under the umbrella title "3hree"; restaged productions in L.A. in 2001

1998

Co-conceived (with playwright Alfred Uhry) the Broadway musical "Parade", about the events surrounding the trial of Leo Frank in Atlanta in the early 20th Century; score by Jason Robert Brown; also produced by Livent; received Tony nomination as director

1997

Experienced a failure with the revival of "Candide"

1995

Earned 20th Tony Award for directing the revival of "Showboat", produced under the auspices of Livent

1992

Directed the Kander and Ebb musical (with book by Terrence McNally) "Kiss of the Spider Woman", first in Canada, later in London; show moved to Broadway in 1993; first collaboration with Livent

1992

Directed "Kiss of the Spider Woman", first in Canada, later in London; show moved to Broadway in 1993

1986

Reunited with Lloyd Webber to stage "The Phantom of the Opera" in London; its move to Broadway in 1988 would end his eight-year Tony drought, earning him the award for Best Director of a Musical

1986

Resigned from the League of American Theatres and Producers, protesting its lack of concern over rising ticket prices and labor costs

1985

As one of the four co-creators of "Grind", suspended by the Dramatists Guild for agreeing to a contract that fell below the Guild's standards

1982

Staged "Candide" at the New York City Opera

1981

Stumbled with Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along"; production's plot unfolded in reverse chronology and was hampered by his casting young people in roles that aged from teenagers to people in their 40s; book by Furth; last collaboration to date with Sondhe

1978

First collaboration as director with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, the London production of "Evita", starring Elaine Paige

1977

Directed feature film version of "A Little Night Music", starring Elizabeth Taylor

1976

Helmed and produced the Sondheim musical "Pacific Overtures", with a book by John Weidman; plot dealt with the opening of Japan to the West in the 18th Century; staging influenced by Kabuki theater

1974

Revived Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" (directing and producing); the environmental staging helped make the production a success despite its initial failure in 1956; Sondheim contributed additional lyrics while Wheeler refashioned the book

1973

Directed and produced (with Mitchell) Sondheim's "A Little Night Music"; book by Hugh Wheeler

1970

Reteamed with Sondheim and James Goldman for the much-admired "Follies", another "concept musical" about the reunion of showgirls; shared directing dutied with Michael Bennett

1969

Directed the landmark Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical "Company"; first of Prince's "concept musicals" which included fluid, cinematic staging

1969

Feature directing debut, "Something for Everyone", starring Angela Lansbury and Michael York

1968

Helmed and produced (with Mitchell) the musical "Zorba!", based on the 1964 feature film "Zorba the Greek"; score by Kander and Ebb

1966

Produced and directed last "conventional" book musical the ill-fated "It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman"

1966

Directed and produced (with Ruth Mitchell) "Cabaret" on Broadway, earning his first Tony for directing for his cinematic staging; score by Kander and Ebb

1965

Served as a producer on the Kander and Ebb musical "Flora, the Red Menace", starring Liza Minnelli; final collaboration with George Abbott

1964

Assumed leadership of the League of New York Theatres from producer Herman Shumlin

1964

Produced "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway; score by Bock and Harnick

1963

Directed and co-produced the musical "She Loves Me", with a score by Bock and Harnick

1962

Directorial debut with the ill-fated musical "A Family Affair"; initial collaboration with composer John Kander; book and lyrics by James and William Goldman

1962

Produced "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", the first musical for which Sondheim wrote both music and lyrics; directed by Abbott

1960

Produced back-to-back flops with scores by Bock and Harnick, "Body Beautiful" and "Tenderloin"

1959

Reteamed with Abbott and Griffith for the award-winning "Fiorello!"; score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick

1958

Served as associate producer on the film adaptation of "Damn Yankees"

1957

With Griffith, produced "West Side Story"; first collaboration with Stephen Sondheim who wrote the lyrics

1957

First film credit as associate producer on "The Pajama Game"

1955

Produced (with Brisson and Griffith) Abbott's "Damn Yankees"

1954

Broadway producing debut (with Frederick Brisson and Robert E Griffith), "The Pajama Game", authored and directed by Abbott; earned first Tony Award as producer

1949

Met future collaborator Stephen Sondheim at the opening night party for "South Pacific"

1948

Began his association with George Abbott, starting off working as his office boy (date approximate)

Restaged "Evita" in the USA with Patti LuPone in the lead

Directed the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler Grand Guignol musical "Sweeney Todd", starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury

Bonus Trivia

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Received the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton (2000).

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