“Forgotten Hollywood”- Broadway Royalty…

Posted on July 31, 2019 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Harold Prince was a director and producer of musical theater. He helped usher in the Golden Age of Broadway, and his collaborators included Jerry Bock, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein,  and John Kander and Fred Ebb.                                  HAROLD PRINCE –>

“` Prince was the son of affluent parents for whom Saturday matinees in the theater with their children were a regular occurrence. A production of Julius Caesar  starring Orson Welles when he was eight taught him that there was something special about theater.

“`Originally mentored by director George Abbott,  Prince left New York for a stint in the Army during the Korean War. He returned to Broadway, serving as stage manager on Abbott’s 1953 production of Wonderful Town, starring Rosalind Russell. The following year, Harold started producing with Griffith. Their first venture, The Pajama Game, was a big hit, running 1,063 performances. They followed in 1955 with another musical smash Damn Yankees, featuring Gwen Verdon.

“`Hal enjoyed participation in a litany of landmark productions such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the RoofA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, Follies, Company, A Little Night Music, Evita, Sweeney Todd, and the London stage presentation of Phantom of the Opera. During his five-decade career, Prince received a record twenty-one Tony Awards. He also was a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.

“`Broadway marquees will dim their lights in his honor. Harold Prince was ninety-one.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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