The Phantom of the composer Andrew Lloyd Weber, which opened in London in 1986 and became an international phenomenon, is the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
"Not just the Prince of Musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom. This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theater was unmatched, "Weber says on Twitter on Wednesday.
Under the tutelage of Abbot, Prince was introduced to Robert Griffith, who would become his production partner. By 1
Prince went on to direct and produce some of the biggest and long-running musicals. , including Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and Evita.
In 2006 he was honored with another Tony Award for lifetime achievement in theater
"He is missed and loved by his family – Judy, his wife of 56 years; his daughter, Daisy; his son Charles; and his grandchildren Phoebe, Lucy and Felix, "according to the Prince's publication
" According to his wish there will be no funeral, but there will be a celebration of his life this fall with the people he loved most, the members of the theatrical a community of which he has been a part for seven decades. "
Prince touched many lives and tribunes were posted on social media as news of his death spread.
Steve Forrest and Justin Lear contributed to this report.