Hal Prince, the Broadway director and producer who won more Tony awards than any other individual, has died aged 91.
As a director, Prince’s West End credits included the original productions of Evita and The Phantom of the Opera, while his long-time collaboration with Stephen Sondheim saw him direct musicals including Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music.
A statement from his publicist said: “Harold Prince died this morning at 91 years of age after a brief illness, in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is missed and loved by his family – Judy, his wife of 56 years; his daughter, Daisy; his son, Charles; and his grandchildren, Phoebe, Lucy, and Felix.
“As per his wishes, there will be no funeral but there will be a celebration of his life this fall with the people he loved most, the members of the theatrical community that he was a part of for seven decades.”
Prince began his career as an assistant stage manager, later turning to directing and producing.
He won his first Tony in 1955 for The Pajama Game, and his last in 2006, when he was given a lifetime achievement award.
His Tony-winning credits also include Cabaret, Candide, Show Boat, and West Side Story, which he co-produced.
His last work on Broadway was 2017’s Prince of Broadway, a musical revue celebrating his career, which he also directed.
Andrew Lloyd Webber was among the first to pay tribute to Prince, describing his “mastery of musical theatre” as “without equal”.
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.
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) July 31, 2019