Theater may have been Hal Prince’s most enduring love, but it wasn’t his first. The legendary Broadway producer and director—he won the first of his 21 Tony Awards (more than any other individual) for The Pajama Game when he was only 27—once harbored dreams of a literary life.
As a teen, Mr. Prince practiced what he thought would be his future craft, writing for The Red & Blue, the literary journal of the Franklin School on West 89th Street. (The Franklin School would later be merged into Dwight).
He may have wound up pursuing an unpromising literary career had he not encountered a far superior talent in The Red & Blue’s pages. The writer who nudged Mr. Prince onto a different path? A young Truman Capote.
Harold Prince may be best known for directing and producing Broadway musicals, but his real métier, it turns out, is real estate. According to city records, the 21-time Tony winner has bought or sold no less than seven different properties in Manhattan north of 59th Street over the past decade. (For the most part, not a West Side Story—only three units were on the West Side, and two of those were in 222 Central Park South.)
And his latest attempt is far from modest: just yesterday he and wife Judy relisted their townhouse at 48 East 74th Street for $21 million. If they can get anywhere near the ask, it’ll be a windfall for the couple, as they bought the home in 2009 for $12.5 million. (Although it was the previous owner, who bought the house in 2002 for just $3.6 million, who made off the best.)
The townhouse at 48 East 74th Street certainly puts on quite a show with a bold blend of eras and prints (we counted floral, paisley, plaid, cheetah and polka dot to name just a few). Would Broadway producer and director extraordinaire Harold Prince have it any other way? With the exception of the Great White way, of course.
At $22 million, this is a house that even the most ambitious chorus girls and company members won’t bother auditioning for. Heck, not even stars of the stage could afford the price tag on this Georgian manse. Such a spread best suits Broadway royalty like Mr. Prince (a 21-time Tony Award winner) and his wife Judith. And they only paid $12.5 million for the place when they bought back in 2009, according to city records.
This week’s Manhattan Transfers profiles the 78-year-old Broadway legend Hal Prince’s two big real-estate deals so far this year.
And yet another deed surfaced on Wednesday afternoon in public records. Late last month, Mr. Prince and son Charles sold their duplex at 222 Central Park South (called the Gainsborough Studios) for $1.311 million. Read More
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