The beloved producer and director Harold Prince passed away July 31. Between his work as a producer and as a director, he's responsible for works such as Company, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, and so many more. Read his complete obituary—and learn about his entire list of credits—here. He has received 21 Tony Awards, the most for any individual in multiple categories. He remains represented on Broadway with his long-running production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Many members of the Broadway community have taken to social media to share their memories, gratitude, and thoughts. We will continue to update.
Not just the prince of musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom.
This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theatre was without equal.
I am saddened beyond words. There are some people you feel we will never be without. Hal is one of them. I owe so much to him. He knows my love for him. #HalPrince #Broadway pic.twitter.com/G2uhhHPMZ6
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our legendary director, Hal Prince. Our condolences to his family at this time. With love, the entire Phamily pic.twitter.com/jQwcziCsS9
— The Phantom Of The Opera (@PhantomOpera) July 31, 2019
We will always remember Hal Prince, a true champion of the American Theatre. pic.twitter.com/ZOhMWAdxIX
— AmericanTheatreWing (@TheWing) July 31, 2019
Harold Prince was a director and producer, and a giant on #Broadway. His loss is unfathomable.
Here are his 21 #TonyAwards:
Best Musical 1955 - The Pajama Game (producer)
Best Musical 1956 - Damn Yankees (producer)
Best Musical 1960 - Fiorello! (producer)
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) July 31, 2019
RIP our dear Hal Prince. You inspired. You will ALWAYS inspire.
Rest In Peace, Hal Prince. Thank you for all the great work you gave us.
RIP #HalPrince. One of the giants of Broadway and a deeply kind and inspiring human being.
— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) July 31, 2019
RIP Hal Prince��
What a sad day
The great Hal Prince passed away. He was the producer (and often director) of so many shows I loved. Here's the opening to his daring CABARET. Look at this specific style! https://t.co/uxXEH1NDG7
Sharing my enormous sadness for the loss and gratitude for the life of Hal Prince. He was truly a friend. I will miss him. RIP, Hal.
Hal’s titanic accomplishments will never be matched - not possible - but for those of us who love musicals or try to make them, his legacy and lessons will forEVER be in us - guiding, shaping, influencing, whether known or not. Hal is our DNA. #HalPrinceRIP
— Tina Landau (@TinaLandau) July 31, 2019
Rest in enormous peace, Hal Prince.
A true theatre titan.
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Three and a half years ago, my dream came true and I got to spend a week in a studio working with Hal Prince on a workshop of @thebandsvisit. This was a man whose work I had spent years studying and obsessing over - from FIDDLER to CABARET to COMPANY to PHANTOM to SWEENEY TODD. At one point, the stage manager read a direction from the script: “The cafe doors open.” Hal shouted, “STOP! STOP!” The room went quiet. “No doors!” he demanded. “I haven’t used doors in fifty years. Look at all my shows going back to Cabaret. I gave up doors years ago! No. Doors.” I was smiling from ear to ear. Hal was the definition of a master of one’s craft. Working with him was a moment in my career that I’ll never forget. Good night, Hal Prince. Thank you for making the world better with your art. ❤️ #RIP #HalPrince
It is literally impossible to say that you love musicals without having been influenced by the work of this giant. Directly and indirectly, he touched everything that came after him. #riphalprince
Literally was talking about this man yesterday. Getting to work w him was one of the greatest privileges of my life. What an incredible legacy; he forever changed theatre. :performing_arts: RIP https://t.co/n6lgdzp8RR
— Rob Rokicki (@rrokicks) July 31, 2019
West Side Story, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, Company, A Little Night Music, Candide, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, Phantom, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Parade...to name a few. What a remarkable man & legacy. https://t.co/Yjfk1jCFpi
The day after the very first BroadwayCon, an email showed up in @MelissaAnelli's inbox from Hal Prince, congratulating the team. We'll never forget his influence on this community, in the biggest and smallest ways.
— BroadwayCon (@bwaycon) July 31, 2019
— Laura Heywood (@BroadwayGirlNYC) July 31, 2019
Whether your consider yourself a Sondheim person, or an Andrew Lloyd Webber person, or a Kander and Ebb person, you're a Hal Prince person.
He bestrode all of 20th-Century Broadway like a Colossus in a Dance Belt.
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) July 31, 2019
"The idea is to work and to experiment. Some things will be creatively successful, some will succeed at the box office, and some will only—which is the biggest only—teach you things that see the future. And they're probably as valuable as any of your successes." — Hal Prince #RIP pic.twitter.com/9HOh8uOWSv
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) July 31, 2019
— PittsburghCLO (@PittsburghCLO) July 31, 2019
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Rest sweetly our theatrical titan. Your direction has eternally effected the world for the better. What an honor it was to sing for you. My heart is heavy. • • • • • • • • • • • • • #halprince #princeofbroadway #titan #legend #force #director #producer #phantom #phantomoftheopera #rip
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The Broadway community has lost a legend, a visionary, a great friend and advocate with the passing of Hal Prince. Hal’s brilliance onstage, in rehearsal halls and from his producing office was matched by the warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit he brought to organizations whose task was the well-being of those with whom he worked and loved. @bcefa was but one of many. A founding Trustee of Broadway Cares in 1988, Hal’s great friendship and continued support for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS gave us the ability to build the foundation upon which our best work has been done for more than 30 years and will be into the future. The “Meeting with Hal Prince” auction lot was always a favorite at our Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Winners came back from the one-on-one conversation with Hal dazzled, cared for and feeling as if they had met more with a friend than a giant of the Broadway theatre. Although surely, Hal Prince was both. Photo by @rivka_s_katvan.