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Arthur Laurents News

Date of Birth: July 14, 1918 (98)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male
Arden Children's Theatre's THE LIGHT PRINCESS Opens in Previews Next WeekArden Children's Theatre's THE LIGHT PRINCESS Opens in Previews Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere of THE LIGHT PRINCESS, adapted from the story by George MacDonald, with book and lyrics by Tony Lawton and original music by Alex Bechtel. Steve Pacek directs. It runs from April 5 - May 28, 2017 on the Arden's F. Otto Haas stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Vicki Lewis in GYPSY at the Maltz Jupiter TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Vicki Lewis in GYPSY at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Let us entertain you with one of America's most beloved classic musicals! March brings the dazzling stage hit Gypsy to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's stage. Inspired by the memoirs of the legendary burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, this story follows the dreams and efforts of a powerhouse stage mother to get her two daughters into show business. Scroll down for a first look at Vicki Lewis and more in action! (more...)

Jesse Green Hired as Co-Chief Theater Critic for The New York TimesJesse Green Hired as Co-Chief Theater Critic for The New York Times
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

The New York Times today announced that Jesse Green has been named co-chief theater critic. (more...)

Joe Brancato Starts Fifth Decade as Penguin Rep Artistic DirectorJoe Brancato Starts Fifth Decade as Penguin Rep Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Joe Brancato was a high school English and drama teacher in 1977 when he peered into an abandoned 1880's hay barn in Stony Point, New York, and visualized his future: a theatre of his own. (more...)

ROAD SHOW, ORLANDO, THE WIZ and More on Tap for 2017-18 at The Lyric StageROAD SHOW, ORLANDO, THE WIZ and More on Tap for 2017-18 at The Lyric Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces 5 of 7 plays for its 2017-18 Season, Spiro Veloudos's 20th Season as Producing Artistic Director.    (more...)

Something's Coming! WEST SIDE STORY Headed to La Mirada Theatre This SpringSomething's Coming! WEST SIDE STORY Headed to La Mirada Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Powerful, poignant and timely as ever, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fourth show of its 2016-2017 season, the most acclaimed musical of all time, WEST SIDE STORY, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein with musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by John Todd and directed by Ovation award-winner Richard Israel. (more...)

GYPSY, FRANKENSTEIN, A CHORUS LINE and More Set for Theater Works' 2017-18 SeasonGYPSY, FRANKENSTEIN, A CHORUS LINE and More Set for Theater Works' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Theater Works 2017-18 season sees the return of lauded composers, masterful writers and classic tales come to life. (more...)

Vicki Lewis to Star in GYPSY at Maltz Jupiter TheatreVicki Lewis to Star in GYPSY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Let us entertain you with one of America's most beloved classic musicals! (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, March 10- A Star is Born: Laura Benanti Debuts as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSICVIDEO: On This Day, March 10- A Star is Born: Laura Benanti Debuts as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Stage Tube - Mar 10, 2017

On this day in 1999, Richard Chamberlain and Laura Benanti joined the cast of the Broadway revival of The Sound of Music as the new Captain Von Trapp and Maria Rainer, succeeding Michael Siberry and Rebecca Luker in the roles. The two continued in the roles through the production's closing on June 20. 1999, after 533 performances. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Richard Israel Shares his Vision for Bringing WEST SIDE STORY to the StageBWW Interview: Director Richard Israel Shares his Vision for Bringing WEST SIDE STORY to the Stage
by Shari Barrett - Mar 7, 2017

As the world prepares for the Centennial of legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein this August, La Mirada Theatre and VPAC present perhaps his greatest musical and one of the most memorable love stories of all time, WEST SIDE STORY. Director Richard Israel shares his vision for the production, as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever, with the thrilling Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score including "Tonight," "Maria," "America" and the classic "Somewhere" remaining one of the best ever written. In it, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City with two lovers, Tony and Maria, caught between warring street gangs; the Italian-American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY to Hit the Stage at the Ordway This SpringWEST SIDE STORY to Hit the Stage at the Ordway This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present West Side Story, April 4-16. (more...)

GYPSY, ONCE, IN THE HEIGHTS and More Set for the Engeman's 2017-18 SeasonGYPSY, ONCE, IN THE HEIGHTS and More Set for the Engeman's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport has announced its 2017-2018 Season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHPhoto Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues."  (more...)

Jakarta Performing Arts Community Presents WEST SIDE STORY, May 12-14Jakarta Performing Arts Community Presents WEST SIDE STORY, May 12-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Jakarta Performing Arts Community presents WEST SIDE STORY, May 12-14, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Beautifully Sung WEST SIDE STORYBWW Review: Beautifully Sung WEST SIDE STORY
by Frank Benge - Feb 20, 2017

WEST SIDE STORY is historically one of the most important of American musicals, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Its conception as a heavy dance piece came from original choreographer and director Jerome Robbins and is loosely based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The show also marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. With its dark subject matter, focusing on social problems, and sophisticated score, the show was a turning point in American Musical Theatre. Bernstein's score includes 'Something's Coming', 'Maria', 'Somewhere', 'Tonight', 'I Feel Pretty', and 'One Hand, One Heart', all of which have become part of the Great American Songbook. The original production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957. It was turned into a film in 1961, ultimately winning ten Oscars, including Best Picture. (more...)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Star Grant Almirall Joins Cast of WEST SIDE STORY at the Joburg TheatreSINGIN' IN THE RAIN Star Grant Almirall Joins Cast of WEST SIDE STORY at the Joburg Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Grant Almirall, star of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, joins the superb cast of the Fugard Theatre's smash hit musical, WEST SIDE STORY, at the Joburg Theatre until 5 March 2017. (more...)

George Street Playhouse's 2017 Gala to Honor David Saint, Marlene & Tony VolpeGeorge Street Playhouse's 2017 Gala to Honor David Saint, Marlene & Tony Volpe
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

George Street Playhouse has announced that its Annual Gala Benefit - a one-of-a-kind evening featuring stars of Broadway, film and television - will take place Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5 pm, at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. This year, George Street Playhouse honors one of its own as David Saint will receive the Arthur Laurents Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement in celebration of his 20th season as the Playhouse's Artistic Director. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles Strouse for Part IIExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles Strouse for Part II
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 13, 2017

The sun will come out today because the Tony Award winning composer of Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, Annie, and countless others, Charles Strouse is back to discuss his life after being anointed Broadway's Golden Boy (pun, intended). (more...)

Photo Flash: HALLELUJAH, BABY! Celebrates Black History Month at Musical Theatre GuildPhoto Flash: HALLELUJAH, BABY! Celebrates Black History Month at Musical Theatre Guild
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will celebrate Black History Month with the rarely produced HALLELUJAH, BABY!. The one-night-only concert event took place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre yesterday, February 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM with original cast members Frieda Payne and Robert Hooks in attendance. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

The Fugard Theatre's Smash Hit Musical, WEST SIDE STORY, Wows Johannesburg AudiencesThe Fugard Theatre's Smash Hit Musical, WEST SIDE STORY, Wows Johannesburg Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2017

The Fugard Theatre's grand-scale, smash hit, all South African production of WEST SIDE STORY is currently running at the Joburg Theatre's Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg, presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre. (more...)

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