He wrote the libretti to Gypsy, West Side Story, Anyone Can Whistle, Hallelujah, Baby, La Cage Au Folles and the plays Home of the Brave, The Time of the Cuckoo and The Bird Cage, among so many others. In 1973 he wrote the screenplay for the Redford/Streisand film The Way We Were. In his very early career he wrote for radio, especially the Lux Playhouse.
Arthur Laurents was the Dean of Broadway writers, working with other greats like Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein. He was also a director of stature, often directing productions he had written.
From the NY Daily News:
His agent, Jonathan Lomma, said Laurents died “peacefully in his sleep.”
Just returned from watching the last Dress Rehearsal of Shepherd’s production of “Candide”, the great operetta by Leonard Bernstein ( and Hugh Wheeler, Lillian Hellman, John LaTouche, Richard Wilbur, Dorothy Parker and Stephen Sondheim.)
For a student production it was pretty good… the Candide and Cunegunde were excellent and the rest of the cast certainly could sing.
This is a difficult show for student performers… hell, it’s a difficult show for professionals, and this cast, chorus and orchestra did a fine job. The staging was based on the Lonny Price concert production that was done with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, also seen on PBS. This is a fairly tight version and keeps the orchestra onstage throughout the show.
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These are 2 years old, but I just found them on YouTube. Very neat (partial) version of one of my favorite Sondheim Musicals.