The Prince is dead, long live the King. Is that too glib? Perhaps, yet it is no overstatement. Hal Prince is gone, and with him passes not just an era but several eras in the crazy, complicated quilt of the Broadway musical. Take Hal Prince out of the equation and there is no Golden Era, nor silver, nor bronze. There is no post-War commercial theater, period, even as Prince himself defined, re-defined, and re-defined again what it meant to be an artist and producer working in the commercial theater.
In Memoriam — Views — The Phantom of the Opera — Stephen Sondheim — Andrew Lloyd Webber — Sweeney Todd — Fiddler on the Roof — Hal Prince — Evita — A Little Night Music — Jerome Robbins — Leonard Bernstein — Cabaret — Arthur Laurents — William Shakespeare — Tim Rice — She Loves Me — Company — Merrily We Roll Along — Grind — Roza — A Doll's Life — Play Memory — Nora Helmer — Larry Grossman — Betty Comden — Adolph Green — Busby Berkeley — Grizabella