Show Notes

#16: The Prince of Broadway I – I’m Still Here

How do you get to be the most influential Broadway mogul in the history of the American theatre and set an unbreakable record of Tony Award wins? Insatiable passion and luck.

Meet director/producer Harold “Hal” Prince, who spent 64 years shaping our beloved art form into what it is now. Host Sally Fuller and guest host/Hal Prince aficionado Laura Carman dive into Prince’s young beginnings and path to Broadway as the BGP’s way of wishing the legend a posthumous “Happy 93rd birthday” today, January 30th.

Shout-outs

  • Hal Prince rocks our socks off. We recommend reading his book Sense of Occasion to dive more into his story!
  • Our favs: Into the Woods, Toni Morrison, George Abbott, Robert Griffith, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick,  Cameron Mackintosh, Freddy Coe, Boris Aronson, Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, Fiorello!, Pulitzer Prize for Drama 
  • Today’s episode lyrics, “I’m Still Here” are named for my favorite song from Follies, for which Prince won one of his many Tony Awards for Best Director of a Musical.
  • Special thanks to Peachy Corners Cafe, Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Ground & Pound Coffee, and Noble & Main for being the best editing offices.
  • BGP would not be possible without behind-the-scenes team members Thomas Fuller and Elise Friderich.

Listen to Hal Prince’s full acceptance speech from the Academy of Achievements on What it Takes:

Addendums

Click here to read more about the interesting circumstance that led to Jo Swerling receiving a writing credit for the Guys and Dolls book, though not a scrap of his dialogue was used.

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