“King of the Broadway musical” Harold Prince, who worked on shows including Phantom Of The Opera and Sweeney Todd, has died aged 91.

The legendary director and producer won a record 21 Tony awards during his career, which spanned seven decades.

He died after a brief illness while in Reykjavik, Iceland, his publicist Rick Miramontez said.

Prince, who was known by friends as Hal, received Tony awards for both producing and directing, and in 2006 was given the special award for lifetime achievement in the theatre.

As well as Phantom and Sweeney Todd, he directed shows including Cabaret, Evita and Show Boat.

In the 1950s and ’60s, he produced shows including The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiorello!, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Fiddler On The Roof.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is among those paying tribute, saying it is impossible to overestimate the importance of Prince to musical theatre.

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“All of modern musical theatre owes practically everything to him,” he said.

In a post on Twitter, he wrote: “Farewell Hal. 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 theatre was without equal.”

The official Phantom Of The Opera account has also posted a tribute, saying: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our legendary director, Hal Prince. Our condolences to his family at this time. With love, the entire Phamily.”

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