January 30th – A Prince Among Men

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Today Hal Prince, legendary theatre director, producer and performer was born in New York. He was adopted by stockbroker Milton A. Prince and Blanche Stern

Starting out as an errand boy for Broadway producer George Abbot, he was drafted into the US Army in 1950, before returning to stage manage “Wonderful Town” in 1954.  He went on to produce and direct over 50 stage productions and has won an astonishing 21 Tony Awards. In 2006 he was given the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

His producing debut was for The Pajama Game in 1954 and his shows include West Side Story, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, Follies, Company, A Little Night Music, Candide, Fiddler On The Roof, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom Of The Opera and Evita.

Prince collaborated with rising young composers including Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber and has been both celebrated and criticised for daring subject matter and his unconventional treatment of it.

All you need as a young person is one person who you respect to say: “You can do this. Do it”. ~ Hal Prince.

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