• Harold Prince, Broadway figure behind 'Cabaret,' 'West Side Story,' dead at 91

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    REYKJAVIK, Iceland -

    Harold Prince, the 21-time Tony Award-winning director and producer, has died at age 91. A representative for the Broadway figure confirmed the news to The Associated Press

    Prince's death came after a brief illness in Reykjavik, Iceland, his rep said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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    "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," Prince's rep said in a statement, according to THR. "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."

    At 26 years old, Prince co-produced his first Broadway show, "The Pajama Game."

    Prince was well-known for beloved musicals "Damn Yankees," "West Side Story," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Sweeney Todd" and "Cabaret," and his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber -- including 1978's "Evita" and 1986's "The Phantom of the Opera." The New York Times reported "Phantom" was the longest-running show in Broadway history.

    His last stage production, "Prince of Broadway," showcased his work in a retrospective. It included songs from his past productions and was the last show he directed. It ran in 2017, but The Washington Post reported that it had a short run following poor reviews.

    Prince revealed in a 2017 interview with Playbill what he wanted to do after "Prince of Broadway."

    "God knows I’m very eager that the fact that we’re doing this compendium of all my shows doesn’t seem to be a farewell project. I don’t want it to be," he said. "I don’t want to retire. I’d be a lousy retiree. I think maybe I have found the next project. It’s just an idea, but I fell in love with the theatre when I was ten. I think it’s simply wonderful if you really know what you want to do with your life. It’s a gift."

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