The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards celebrated the life and legacy of American theater producer and director Harold “Hal” Prince with the Drama Desk’s newly established lifetime achievement honor. The Harold Prince Award will be bestowed annually for outstanding contributions to theater, and the posthumous award will be given in his honor this year. Prince passed away on July 31, 2019 at the age of 91.
Among his many accolades, Hal Prince earned 10 Drama Desk Awards over the course of his distinguished career. In addition to his significant role in shaping the New York theatrical landscape during the second half of the 20th century, Prince is a born and raised New Yorker. The Drama Desk Awards celebrate New York theater and were also founded in the city. The pairing is fitting.