April 22, 2001 |
Long ago, before "West Side Story," 'Fiddler on the Roof" or "The Phantom of the Opera," 19-year-old Harold Prince wrote to legendary producer-director George Abbott seeking a job. Not only would he work for free, he wrote, but if it looked as if he was working for free, they were to fire him immediately. Prince got the job at Abbott's office in New York's Rockefeller Center and soon took home $25 a week. By the time he was 26, he won his first Tony, for co-producing "The Pajama Game" in 1954.