Robert Prince, Broadway Composer and Arranger, Is Dead at 78

Obituaries   Robert Prince, Broadway Composer and Arranger, Is Dead at 78
 
Robert Prince, who wrote arrangements and music for a number of Broadway productions, including several by Jerome Robbins, died March 4 in Los Angeles after a brief illness, Variety reported. He was 78.

Mr. Prince worked in many fields, writing numerous compositions for television and film, and working in the recording industry. He was born in New York City and was educated at the Julliard School. Soon after, he began working as a producer, composer and arranger at Decca and Columbia Records.

He wrote music for the "Opus Jazz" section of Jerome Robbins' Ballet USA, which played on Broadway in 1958 and 1961. He also composed incidental music for Robbins' production of Arthur Kopit's Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad.

Other Broadway credits included Something More! in 1964 (dance arrangements); Half a Sixpence in 1965 (opening ballet music, dance arrangements and orchestrations); and The American Dance Machine in 1978 (dance arrangements).

His television and film credits were extensive and stretched from the 1960s until the early '80s. He shared an Emmy nomination with Billy Goldenberg for "The Name of the Game" in 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Arline; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

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