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January 30

BORN:

Harold Prince –

Prince was born January 30, 1928 in New York. He was an American theatrical producer and director that helped make many of the best known Broadway musicals including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweeny Todd, and Phantom of the Opera. Throughout his life, he was awarded 21 Tony Awards. His awards include: eight for “Best Director,” eight for producing “Best Musical of the Year,” two for “Best Producer of a Musical,” and three special awards. Prince died on July 31, 2019 at the age of 91. 

Extended Q&A: Harold Prince on His History-Making Musicals | Playbill

DIED:

Arthur Rankin Jr. –

Rankin was born July 19, 1924. In 1955, Rankin and his partner, Jules Bass, formed a production company. In 1960, they started working on animation, and worked for years producing a bunch of stop motion animations and cartoons. They made character designs that would be made into wooden puppets by Japanese artists for them. Some of their most famous were their holiday-themed TV specials, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Jack Frost. In 1977, Rankin and Bass produced a version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and earned a Peabody Award. Rankin died after an illness on January 30th, 2014, at age 89.

Arthur Rankin Jr. - Emmy Awards, Nominations and Wins | Television Academy

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