Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theatre with such groundbreaking shows as The Phantom Of The Opera, Cabaret, Company and Sweeney Todd, and, has died aged 91.
During his more than 50-year career he won 21 Tony Awards, more than any other individual. He helped create some of Broadway's most enduring musical hits, first as a producer of such shows as The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof. Prince worked with some of the best-known composers and lyricists in musical theatre, including Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. His production of The Phantom of the Opera, debuting on Broadway in 1988, became the longest-running show in Broadway history.
In 2006, Prince was awarded a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. A musical about Prince called Prince of Broadway opened in Japan in 2015 featuring songs from many of the shows that made him famous. It landed on Broadway in 2017. Prince began work in the theatre as an assistant stage manager to theatrical producer and director George Abbott.