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[Interview with Harold Prince : raw footage.] [1998-09-15 ]

Author: Harold Prince; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
Publisher: New York , 1998.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. American theatrical producer and director Hal Prince discusses his career. Topics include the risks and rewards of producing a show on Broadway; growing up in a middle class Jewish family that attended the theater; his early theatergoing experiences, including seeing Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre production of Julius Ceasar, Flora Robson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Musicals
Unedited footage
Interviews
Named Person: Harold Prince; Harold Prince; Harold Prince; George Abbott; Bob Fosse; Richard Rodgers; Jerome Kern; Richard Adler; Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim; John Kander; Joel Grey; Boris Aronson; Andrew Lloyd Webber; Andrew Lloyd Webber; Leonard Bernstein
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Prince; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
OCLC Number: 86124114
Notes: The second interview with Harold Prince conducted for this documentary is available on NCOX 2167
Copy of transcript available.
This interview is one of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
Time code on frame.
Contains various takes; the audio continues without image at various intervals .
Credits: Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer(s): Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Harold Prince.
Event notes: Videotaped in New York, N.Y. , probably at Harold Prince's office, on Sept. 15, 1998.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (98 min.) : sd., col. SP ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Broadway: the American musical. Harold Prince interview
Broadway, the American musical

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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. American theatrical producer and director Hal Prince discusses his career. Topics include the risks and rewards of producing a show on Broadway; growing up in a middle class Jewish family that attended the theater; his early theatergoing experiences, including seeing Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre production of Julius Ceasar, Flora Robson in Ladies in retirement, and Laurette Taylor in The glass menagerie; his nervous breakdown at age 14; his early work in the theater for producer George Abbott; what musicals "say" about America; stage conventions during the 1920s and 30s, which required a closed curtain during scenery changes, and the innovations, first seen the in the musical South Pacific, which allowed action to continue onstage during scenery changes; the increased demand for versality in performers, beginning with West side story; the significance of the musical Show boat; raising money as a producer during the 1950s to the 1970s, versus now; the musical On the town; what he learned from his mentor George Abbott, and Abbott's personal qualities and working habits; the opening night of the show Pajama Game; choreographer Bob Fosse; the musical West side story, and the contributions of its choreographer Jerome Robbins; the theater audience; the musicals A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum and Fiddler on the roof; his 1966 production of Cabaret, and its connection with racism and civil rights movement in the U.S., performer Joel Grey and his role as Master of Cermonies, and set designer Boris Aronson; the musical Hair; his friendship with composer Stephen Sondheim, and the Sondheim shows Company, Follies, Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd, on which he worked with Sondheim; his productions The phantom of the opera and Evita; the importance of mentorship in the theater.

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