Broadway producer, director, impresario, fan, mensch, and legend, Harold Prince—“Hal”—was sovereign. I interviewed Prince a number of times over the years.The last time was in 2017, on the occasion of the upcoming Leonard Bernstein-Jerome Robbins centennial of 2018. Prince was always a fun interview: thoughtful, generous with his knowledge, and careful not to say anything that might hurt a colleague.

Here, words of wisdom, circa 2017, from the great man. —Laura Jacobs