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Arguably no one did more to define the American musical today than Harold “Hal” Prince. His resume included some of the most important titles of the past century: “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “Company,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” The exhibition “In the Company of Harold Prince” explores his reinvention of musical theatre from the script- and score-based model, created by Rodgers and Hammerstein and George Abbott, to a more visual, almost cinematic art form in which the director is auteur. Prince acknowledged that fruitful collaboration is the foundation of theatrical genius, and this exhibition will illuminate the team of designers, stage managers, press agents, composers, and writers Prince assembled to create so many history-making shows.

In addition to displaying original costumes, set models, and archival video, this exhibition borrows from the aesthetic of immersive theatre and invites visitors to pick up, examine, and interact with reproductions of documents and objects from the Library’s collections. Facsimiles of the paperwork for “Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees” are scattered over a recreation of Prince’s desk. Digital replicas of stage manager Ruth Mitchell’s scripts are linked to thousands of never-before-seen photographs from the Library’s collections. An open cabaret stage allows visitors to perform pieces from his shows or record their own stories about their experience with Prince’s theatrical work.

Harold Prince: The Director’s Life
MON, OCT 21 | 6 pm
Advance registration required
Lonny Price and David Thompson discuss and screen their documentary film Harold Prince: The Director’s Life. In addition to archival clips, this fascinating performance-documentary includes interviews with many of Prince’s renowned collaborators, including Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mandy Patinkin, John Kander, Susan Stroman, Angela Lansbury and others, all sharing their firsthand insights into his pioneering achievements in the theater.

Yes, Mr. Prince: An Evening with Harold Prince’s Assistants

THURS, OCT 24 | 6 PM
Advance registration required
From 1960 to 1976, Annette Myers scheduled the appointments, transcribed the memos, and took down the messages, as her boss brought CabaretCompanyFollies, and other legendary Prince productions to Broadway. For this special program, Meyers and other people who worked as Prince’s assistant step out of the office and onto the stage to share their untold stories and insights on the making of theatre history.