This past Wednesday, the Theater community lost a true landmark and icon who made a huge impact on the world. At the age of 91, we tragically and sadly lost a SWELL of a genius director and producer of some of the most iconic shows that we Broadway fans learned to love…. the 21 time Tony winning legend Hal Prince. He passed away after a very brief illness.
This sad news sent a shock wave to the entire Theater community especially here on Broadway. In honor of his legacy, all Theaters dimmed their marquees for one minute of honor of him.
Another tribute happened at Broadway's Majestic Theatre (currently the still long running home of Hal's most famous show he directed… Broadway's longest running show The Phantom of the Opera). Prior to the start of that Wedesday evening performance of PHANTOM, the show's original and long running conductor Maestro David Caddick stepped out of the pit and walked onto the stage of the Majestic for a pre-show speech and tribute to Hal. That evening's performance was dedicated to him.
Our hearts are broken and Broadway will never be the same without the ultimate Prince of Broadway himself…. We will miss you Hal. Bravo and thank you for an incredible legacy.
How beautiful is this tribute? Thoughts on Hal's passing?
TUNE IN: Check your local PBS stations and tune in tonight as Great Performances l PBS will present a special encore presentation on the documentary of Hal's incredible legacy HAL PRINCE: THE DIRECTOR'S LIFE. This documentary takes you behind the scenes at Hal as he brought some of the most daring, iconic, and incredible shows that made a huge mark on Broadway and the Theater world (including The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret the Musical, Sweeney Todd NYC, Evita – The Musical, Kiss of the Spider-Woman, The Phantom of the Opera, and many more hits).