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Appreciation: From 'Cabaret' to 'Phantom of the Opera,' Hal Prince made the musical modern

It's no exaggeration to say that Broadway director and producer Hal Prince made the musical modern. When the Golden Age was in danger of losing some of its luster, he reinvigorated the art form with sex, politics and a conceptual sleekness that seized the imagination of a more liberated generation.

No figure in Broadway history had a bigger influence on how shows looked and behaved in the second half of the 20th century. Prince, who died Wednesday at age 91, directed a series of groundbreaking shows whose productions were

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