The career of Hal has been long and regularly punctuated with success both critical and popular. In the production or in the staging of this legend of the theatre has been able to mark the spirits with these five success.
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The Pajama Game , producer, 1955.
Its first production and its first Tony Awards. The subject is classical but strangely topical. A representative of the trade union in a factory of pajamas of Iowa, Babe Williams fell under the spell of the new foreman, Sid Sorokin, who has set his sights on it. But when employees ask for an increase of 7.5 cents an hour, the idyll of the two lovers is severely challenged by the reality of social struggle. A musical comedy which was a huge critical success and, in particular, the Tony Awards for best musical. An adaptation film to be released even 1957, as well as a remake on the boards of Broadway in 2006 and won the Tony Awards for best remake of musical comedy. A success at all levels.
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West Side Story , producer, 1957
Hal Prince does not stop there, because two years later he participated in the production of what will become one of the musicals most well-known and most appreciated by the general public of all ages. It is also adapted for the big screen in 1961 by Robert Wise. This musical is inspired by Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet . Two street gangs rivals, the Jets (Americans of Polish, irish and Italian) and the Sharks (immigrants from puerto rican descent), are the law in the West. They provoke and confront each other on the occasion. Tony, former leader of the Jets who has now taken his distances with the gang, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks, fall in love, but the couple must undergo the opposing forces of their clan leaders. Steven Spielberg préapre a cinema for 2020.
Cabaret , director, 1966
tired of the production which was never really interested in, Harold is moving towards the implementation stage. After the success of She Loves Me in 1963, it is Cabaret in 1966 who is going to devote to it. The musical won eight Tony Awards. Many versions have been edited by the suite, making this room one of the most emblematic in the middle. The action takes place in Berlin in the 1930s as the nazis begin to implement the Third Reich. In a nightclub, the Kit Kat Klub, one finds the singer Sally Bowles and the emcee of the club who are trying through their entertainment to be extravagant to make forget to the visitors the difficulties of life, and the growing threats of the outside world”. The success was such that the room is immediately adapted into a film with Liza Minnelli and Michael York.
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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, director, 1979
This is one of the most famous works of Stephen Sondheim, given nearly 600 times on Broadway since its creation, and adapted in various productions since. The play, which has won numerous awards, was the inspiration for Tim Burton, his film with Johnny Depp in the lead role. Sweeney Todd is a barber escaped from prison and returning to London. He is in search of his wife and daughter, who were kidnapped by judge Turpin, the man who had him imprisoned. He meets Mrs Lovett, who makes and sells pies to the meat. Together, they will mount a trade as macabre as flourishing… With this setting the ex-producer is interested in the obscure, to the horror, confronting us to a new registry, which he masters with panache.
the Phantom of The Opera , director, 1986
Written by the British Andrew Lloyd Webber and directed by Hal Prince, this musical comedy is inspired by the work of the novel of Gaston Leroux’s the Phantom of The Opera. The success of the piece was immediate and she holds to this day the record for longevity on Broadway. The musical is the poster for 31 years and has more than 13,000 representations. Telling the story of a “phantom” in love with a dancer who does not love him. Despite his jealousy and love for her he will raise her to the rank of a new diva. This adaptation of a novel has become, as its director, a true reference in the field, a legend.