Quotes by: Harold Prince

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Harold Prince
Born Harold Smith Prince
(1928-01-30) January 30, 1928 (age 88)
New York, New York, U.S.
Other names Hal Prince
Education Timothy Dwight School
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Theatrical producer, director
Years active 1955 – present
Spouse(s) Judith Chaplin (1962–present; 2 children)

I didn't go into the theater to be a producer, I went into the theater to be a director.
Harold Prince
It's fine when you careen off disasters and terrifyingly bad reviews and rejection and all that stuff when you're young; your resilience is just terrific.
Harold Prince
You think, 'Musicals, they must always be romantic' - You'd be surprised how few of them historically have ever been romantic.
Harold Prince
It's nice to stay up nights worrying about the material, and not about the investors who gave you $10 million to do your musical.
Harold Prince
I really like reaching out and seeing the audience - they're potential audiences! And on occasion I can make them excited about going to the theater again, if they've ceased or gone less.
Harold Prince
We've got to find a way to protect the process of making musical theater.
Harold Prince
I've seen a lot of 'Show Boats,' but I've never seen the one that thoroughly satisfies me.
Harold Prince
I think when you start analyzing trends and start making shows for a particular audience, you are making a fatal move. I think that's why people are doing too many revivals, that's why there's a plethora of rock musicals. There's room for everything, but not room for too much of anything.
Harold Prince
I've always loved Victorian melodrama. And I've always liked larger-than-life theater, providing it's truthful and honest. I like what the theater can provide in energy and bombast - I enjoy it when it's large, and by that I don't mean in size, I mean in emotions. Shakespeare did that.
Harold Prince
You can't just keep recycling revivals. And you can't keep betting on the efforts of guys like me who've been around. You have to take the next step and bet on the next generation.
Harold Prince
I'm just really trying to say what I really mean, which is: 'Your eye's on the prize, your eye's on the future. It's nice to know that a lot of wonderful things have happened to your life and that so much of it has been successful. That's great, but the work is really what makes it fun - and that has to be the future.'
Harold Prince
I would like to see more new productions of new material by new composers/lyricists/book writers. I would like to see people take more chances. I think because everything costs so much they're not taking the chances they used to.
Harold Prince
I suppose a certain degree of adulthood has entered my life. Aiming for Broadway, I can't think that way any more. Of course, Broadway will always be important. But it's not the focus of everything that you do. You know, I'm very happy I was born when I was, so I got there in time. When it was time to get there.
Harold Prince
I always liked the visuals to be choice and at the same time minimalist. And, I love black boxes. After all, that's what theatre is, it's an empty space, and it's both limited and unlimited because the space is the space, but what you can do with people's imaginations is really endless.
Harold Prince
The truth of the matter is that I have lasted a long time, and with it comes both good and bad things. One of the good things is that no one can ever take my career away from me. No one can ever say, 'You can't be in the theater any more.'
Harold Prince
'Evita' was four pieces of slick paper and a record album. It's the most scary, to sit down and dictate a musical scene by scene. It was a musical unlike anything I'd ever seen before myself.
Harold Prince
There's no lack of talent out there. I suspect there is a lack of creative guidance, and that would not be solely the responsibility of a director but also a producer.
Harold Prince
Ethel Merman would stay with a show for years and tour with it. So would Mary Martin, the great stars. They recognized the value of that success and nurtured it. Now, you come from Hollywood, you play 12 weeks and go away. I don't think that's the best policy.
Harold Prince
There are wonderful composers and librettists out there. It's the lack of creative producers that is troubling.
Harold Prince
When I was a 25-year-old kid, I raised $260,000 for my first show, 'The Pajama Game,' in such a homemade, pathetic, endearing way - a buck here, a buck there.
Harold Prince
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