Great Performances—Harold Prince: The Director’s Life will re-air on PBS stations in the New York metropolitan area August 2 at 10 PM, in tribute to the visionary Broadway director and producer who died July 31 at age 91.
Directed by Lonny Price, an original cast member of Prince and Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, the 80-minute documentary takes audiences through Prince’s legendary career, which spanned 70 years, and earned him a record-breaking 21 Tony Awards.
Known across the world for his direction of the long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber hit The Phantom of the Opera, Prince’s career began during Broadway’s Golden Age, with such productions are West Side Story, The Pajama Game, She Loves Me, and Fiddler on the Roof. The documentary explores his legacy as a bold directorial innovator whose works included Cabaret, and a slate of boundary-pushing musicals with Stephen Sondheim throughout the 1979s including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd. Also featured are his box office hits, including 1978's Evita and The Phantom of the Opera, now in its 30th year on Broadway.
Included are interviews with Prince's contemporaries and collaborators, including Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, Mandy Patinkin, John Kander, Susan Stroman, Angela Lansbury, and more.
Great Performances — Harold Prince: The Director’s Life will be available to view at PBS.org/gperf through August 14.