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Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameHarold Smith Prince
Nickname Hal

Mini Bio (1)

Harold Prince was born on January 30, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Harold Smith Prince. He is known for his work on West Side Memories (2003), West Side Story (1961) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004). He has been married to Judith Chaplin since October 26, 1962. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Judith Chaplin (26 October 1962 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

Primarily known for his contributions to the theatrical stage. He produced Damn Yankees, West Side Story, and Cabaret, among many other classics.
In addition to producing, has directed many stage musicals including the original productions of Cabaret, A Little Night Music, Evita & The Phantom of the Opera.
Has won twenty Tony Awards as both a producer and a director.
Known for his many collaborations as director/producer with composer/lyrist Stephen Sondheim. These plays are Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Candide, Side by Sondheim, Sweeny Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, and Bounce. He also co-produced West Side Story (lyrics by Sondheim)
Protege of musical theatre director/writer George Abbott.
His son, Charles Prince, is a professional orchestra conductor, who has appeared with numerous well-known symphonies all over the world.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
His wife, Judy, is the daughter of Saul Chaplin.
He was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Direction for "The Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Direction for "Show Boat" in the Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Quotes (2)

Of his mentor, author and stager George Abbott) He was the master of American farce comedy, but there is never a dishonest moment on the stage. He never slammed a door for the sake of slamming a door; he slammed it for a reason, There's so much phony energy in the theatre. People think that by running around in circles like a crazed tiger you're displaying energy. And in fact you're not. You can have energy in the stillest place in the world, and he knew that.
I owe a lot to Jerry Robbins. For one thing, as far as I'm concerned, he invented reading a musical before rehearsals.

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