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. Read More