Alumnus Harold (Hal) Prince C’48 Hon’71 holds the record for most Tony Awards in the business. (Twenty-one, if you’re wondering.) Since the 1950s, he has produced and directed some of Broadway’s best-known musicals—Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, The Phantom of the Opera—and he’s about to add another to the list.
The New York Times recently announced that 83-year-old Prince’s award-winning work will return to the Great White Way next fall in the new musical Prince of Broadway. According to the article, Prince will include approximately 40 songs from his previous productions, including Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, Company and Fiorello! As Prince told the Times:
“It’s bound to be like a revue, but we also have thoughts about a real subtext for the whole piece, ideas that we want to build the show around… The producers pitched me this idea a few months ago, and I got on the computer — I love making lists — and eventually had 55 pages of songs from shows that I’ve done that I wanted to consider. Some of the songs were realized in great shows, and some of the songs were great but they were in musicals that did not work because the books were not good enough or there were other problems. This is a chance to revisit so much great material.”
Prince will direct the musical himself, along with Susan Stroman—the Tony-winning director and choreographer of the The Producers. This will be Prince’s first time working on a Broadway production since he directed Lovemusik in 2007.
In December 2009, Prince visited Penn’s Harold Prince Theater in the Annenberg Center to participate in a freewheeling conversation with Rose Malague, the director of Penn’s theatre arts program. The Gazette created both a transcript of their conversation and an article synthesizing it.
Gazette senior editor Samuel Hughes also wrote an in-depth feature on Prince’s life and career (“Putting on a Show,” Nov|Dec 2000) that you can read here.