Harold Prince was the recipient of a National Medal of Arts for the year 2000 from President Clinton for a career spanning over 40 years, in which “he changed the nature of the American musical.” Before becoming a director, Mr. Prince’s productions included The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. One of the most creative figures in the American theater, Mr. Prince directed the premiere productions of Cabaret, Company, Follies, Candide, Pacific Overtures, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Evita, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Parade. Among the plays he has directed are The Great God Brown, The Visit, End Of The World, Play Memory, Hollywood Arms and his own play, Grandchild Of Kings.
His opera productions have been seen at The Chicago Lyric, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Theater Colon in Buenos Aires. He serves as a trustee for the New York Public Library and served on the National Council of the Arts of the NEA for six years.
In 2006, Harold Prince was presented the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. With over 50 plays, musicals and operas to his credit, Harold Prince has won a record-setting 21 Tony Awards -- more than any other individual -- including eight for directing, eight for producing, two as producer of the year's Best Musical and three special awards.