Arthur Laurents
Playwright, theatre director, screenwriter
Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II, Laurents turned to writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that includes West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967) and La Cage Aux Folles (1983), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions.
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Review: Peace Center performance of 'West Side Story' is simply sizzling - Spartanburg Herald Journal
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GREENVILLE — More than half a century ago, writer Arthur Laurents, along with lyricist Stephen Sondheim, musician Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins, created a musical phenomenon: a timeless, musical piece of theater
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Lyric Stage Presents GYPSY 9/9-18 - Broadway World
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The show, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, is loosely-based on the memoirs of legendary striptease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee. The score contains many popular standards, including "Everything's Coming up
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Two Cheers for "Bad Ideas" - Forbes
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That group included the composer Leonard Bernstein, the choreographer Jerome Robbins, and the writer Arthur Laurents. They shelved the project and went their separate ways, but kept in touch. More to the point, they kept their basic idea of gang
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Star finds 'dream' role in 'West Side Story' - Greenville News
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The show also marked a new artistic and thematic seriousness in American musical theater with its dark script (by Arthur Laurents), extended dance scenes (choreography by Jerome Robbins), sophisticated music and focus on social problems such as ethnic
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Here's 'What Matters Most' to Barbra Streisand - USA Today
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Before writer/director Arthur Laurents died at 93 last May, he had discussed a new film adaptation of his classic musical Gypsy, with Streisand cast as infamous stage mama Rose. Those plans are still intact, she says. "We just have to find our team and
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West Side Story @ Proctors, 8/16/11 - Albany Times Union (blog)
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Director David Saint has based this tour on the 2009 Broadway revival helmed by book writer Arthur Laurents. It retains much of the Spanish dialogue that made that production controversial, but in Schenectady the sparring languages offered a welcome
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"West Side Story" will run at ASU Gammage from Sept. 27 through Oct. 2. - Arizona State University
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Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely ("The Boy
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WEST SIDE STORY Comes To Cadillac Palace Theatre, Closes 8/14 - Broadway World
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Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy
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'West Side Story' steps into 21st century - Chicago Tribune
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Arthur Laurents, who wrote the original book and directed this revival before his death in May, wanted the production to sport a harder edge, including a nod to violence that, since the show's 1957 premiere, has only gotten more deadly and omnipresent
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Concert review: 'West Side Story' film premiere at the Hollywood Bowl with ... - Los Angeles Times
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He conducted rarely at the Bowl, although a 1955 appearance led to his conceiving the concept of “West Side Story” with Arthur Laurents, who wrote the book. And in 1982, Bernstein conducted a transcendental performance of the “West Side Story”
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'West Side Story' pop quiz - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The tour, which lands Tuesday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, comes from the 2009 Broadway revival directed by Arthur Laurents. Laurents, 91 when he staged the piece, has since passed away. He wrote the original and oversaw the injection of
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Watch This: Tyne Daly In 'Master Class' - Ology
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Tony winner Tyne Daly stars as opera legend Maria Callas, a role once played by Patti LuPone, both of whom have won Tony Awards for their performances as Mama Rose in separate productions of Gypsy, both directed by Arthur Laurents
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Summer Theater: Two Classic Musicals Tour Mass. - WBUR
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If there's a weak link in the creative team it's been Arthur Laurents and the book that, unlike the rest of the show, can seem stuck in the 1950s with its faux beatnik gang posings. Laurents, who died last month, decided to toughen up the 2009 revival
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LA Philharmonic gets in sync with 'West Side Story' - Los Angeles Times
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(MGM Home Entertainment) By Barbara Isenberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times In town conducting at the Hollywood Bowl in 1955, composer Leonard Bernstein took a break to visit with playwright Arthur Laurents at the Beverly Hills Hotel swimming pool
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London's Landor Theatre Cancels Summer Production of Gypsy - Playbill.com
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The Landor Theatre's August production of the Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim classic Gypsy, which was scheduled to star Rosemary Ashe as Rose, has been canceled. The London theatre company received a statement from
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West Side Story does it all - The Phoenix
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Since its Broadway debut in 1957 under the dynamite team of Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents, the show has been made into a Hollywood movie, condensed for the revue Jerome Robbins' Broadway, crafted as a suite of
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WEST SIDE STORY Plays Segerstrom Center for the Arts 9/6-18 - Broadway World
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Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction has been recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy
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Tony, Maria, and the gangs are all here - Boston Globe
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With the death last month of Arthur Laurents, only Stephen Sondheim remains of the remarkable four-man galaxy that created “West Side Story'' and brought it to Broadway in 1957. Laurents, Sondheim, composer Leonard Bernstein and
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 93
    Following a long tradition, Broadway theatre lights were dimmed at 8 p.m. on May 6, 2011, for one minute in his memory.
    More Details Hide Details Musicals Novel Plays A new award was established in 2010, The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. This is awarded annually "for an un-produced, full-length play of social relevance by an emerging American playwright." The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation will give $50,000 to the writer with a grant of $100,000 towards production costs at a nonprofit theatre. The first award will be given in 2011. Theatre Film
  • 2009
    Age 91
    Laurents wrote Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story and Other Musicals, published in 2009, in which he discussed musicals he directed and the work of other directors he admired.
    More Details Hide Details His latest memoir was published posthumously in September 2012, titled The Rest of the Story.
  • 2000
    Age 82
    Laurents wrote Original Story By Arthur Laurents: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood, published in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In it, he discusses his lengthy career and his many gay affairs and long-term relationships, including those with Farley Granger and Tom Hatcher. Hatcher was an aspiring actor whom Gore Vidal suggested Laurents seek out at the Beverly Hills men's clothing store Hatcher was managing at the time. The couple remained together for 52 years until Hatcher's death on October 26, 2006.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 38
    The Fox animated feature film Anastasia (1997) was based in part from his screenplay of the live-action 1956 film of the same title.
    More Details Hide Details Because of a casual remark made by Russel Crouse, Laurents was called to Washington, D.C., to account for his political views. He explained himself to the House Un-American Activities Committee, and his appearance had no obvious impact on his career, which at the time was primarily in the theatre. When the McCarran Internal Security Act, which prohibited individuals suspected of engaging in subversive activities from obtaining a passport, was passed in 1950, Laurents and Granger immediately applied for and received passports and departed for Paris with Harold Clurman and his wife Stella Adler. Laurents and Granger remained abroad, traveling throughout Europe and northern Africa, for about 18 months. Years earlier, Laurents and Jerome Robbins had developed Look Ma, I'm Dancin'! (1948), a stage musical about the world of ballet that ran for 188 performances on Broadway, and starred Nancy Walker and Harold Lang. (Although the musical was ultimately produced with a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, as Laurents left the project.) Robbins approached Paramount Pictures about directing a screen version, and the studio agreed as long as Laurents was not part of the package.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 27
    His first stage play, Home of the Brave, was produced in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details The sale of the play to a film studio gave Laurents the entrée he needed to become a Hollywood screenwriter though he continued, with mixed success, to write plays. The most important of his early screenplays is his adaptation of Rope for Alfred Hitchcock. Soon after being discharged from the Army, Laurents met ballerina Nora Kaye, and the two became involved in an on-again, off-again romantic relationship. While Kaye was on tour with Fancy Free, Laurents continued to write for the radio but was becoming discontented with the medium. At the urging of Martin Gabel, he spent nine consecutive nights writing a play In 1962, Laurents directed I Can Get It for You Wholesale, which helped to turn then-unknown Barbra Streisand into a star. His next project was the stage musical Anyone Can Whistle, which he directed and for which he wrote the book, but it proved to be an infamous flop. He later had success with the musicals Hallelujah, Baby! (written for Lena Horne but ultimately starring Leslie Uggams) and La Cage Aux Folles (1983), which he directed, but Nick & Nora was another flop.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 19
    After graduating from Cornell University in 1937, Laurents went to work as a writer for radio drama at CBS in New York.
    More Details Hide Details His military duties during World War II, which consisted of writing training films and radio scripts for Armed Service Force Presents, brought him into contact with some of the best film directors—distinguished director George Cukor directed his first script. Laurents’s work in radio and film during World War II was an excellent apprenticeship for a budding playwright and screenwriter. He also had the good fortune to be based in New York City.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    Born on July 14, 1917.
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