Remembering hit Broadway producer Harold Prince who died at 91


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The Broadway League said Wednesday that the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of its NY theaters for one minute Wednesday night at 7:45 PM ET to commemorate the life of Harold Prince, the Broadway icon who died today at 91.

On Broadway Prince co-produced the original West Side Story (1957), a turning point in musical theatre, and the first of six collaborations with Stephen Sondheim in a career spanning seven decades. Starting as an assistant stage manager to legendary producer George Abbott, he had his first hit with 1955's "The Pajama Game". She had. "Put it back in", Prince decreed.

Prince is survived by his wife, Judy, daughter Daisy, son Charles, three grandchildren - and the shows he helped bring to life, still playing all around the world.

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"Harold Prince was a director and producer, and a giant on #Broadway".

Prince went on to direct landmark musicals such as "Cabaret", "Company", "Follies", "Sweeney Todd", "Evita", and "Phantom of the Opera". Though Prince's Broadway career began in the '50s, when musical theater and pop music were nearly synonymous, he soon helped the medium adapt to wide-ranging cultural changes. "So, once that happened, you could examine other subjects and make musical numbers about an infinite variety of complicated psychological matter".

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