Arthur Laurents News

Date Of Birth:
July 14, 1918 (96)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Gender:
Male
Everett Quinton's DROP DEAD PERFECT Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

The Peccadillo Theater Company presents Penguin Rep's production of DROP DEAD PERFECT, a new comedy starring the legendary Everett Quinton at the Theatre at St. Clements (423 W 46th St - between 9th and 10th Avenue), which began previews Tuesday, July 15th. The comedy will open tonight, July 20th at 7PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Leslie Uggams Makes History as GYPSY's First African-American Rose at UConn
by Lauren Yarger - Jul 16, 2014

History is being made over at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the UConn campus as Leslie Uggams becomes the first African-American actress to star as Rose in an Equity production with a mixed race cast for the musical Gypsy. (more...)

Inventive & Entertaining TEXTS WITH COLLABORATORS Tumblr
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2014

An inventive and entertaining new Tumblr titled TEXTS WITH COLLABORATORS imagining conversations between theatrical luminaries has recently been unveiled, providing fine and funny fodder for musical theatre fans. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Deliriously Funny BUYER & CELLAR Captivates Mark Taper Audiences
by Don Grigware - Jul 15, 2014

To set the record straight, actor Michael Urie introduces Buyer & Cellar by stating quite emphatically that what we are about to see is a fiction. He then holds up a copy of Barbra Streisand's book My Passion for Design published in 2010. In it Streisand describes her dream house. This book fed playwright Jonathan Tolin's imagination to create a fictitious play about a mall in the cellar of the icon's home. Starring Urie as an out-of-work LA actor who takes a job running the stores in the mall and focusing on his dream relationship with his new boss, Buyer & Cellar is replete with deliriously campy humor and takes a moment or two to show - if indeed it were possible - the very personal side of the iconic superstar. Streisand fans, take note: the award-winning off-Broadway one-man show plays at the Mark Taper Forum through August 17 only! (more...)

Everett Quinton's DROP DEAD PERFECT Begins Previews Tomorrow Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The Peccadillo Theater Company presents Penguin Rep's production of DROP DEAD PERFECT, a new comedy starring the legendary Everett Quinton at the Theatre at St. Clements (423 W 46th St - between 9th and 10th Avenue), which begins previews Tuesday, July 15th. The comedy will open Sunday, July 20th at 7PM. Written by Erasmus Fenn and directed by Joe Brancato, DROP DEAD PERFECT is laced with double-entendres and allusions to 1950s television and Hollywood melodramas. With adult language and situations, this outlandish production is recommended for adults only -- particularly those with a slightly twisted sense of humor. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 7/14- Arthur Laurents
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Arthur Laurents! Laurents' first play, Home of the Brave, opened on Broadway in 1945, followed by many others. He wrote his first musical, West Side Story, in 1957, followed by Gypsy and others. His first screenplay was The Snake Pit in 1948, followed by others including Rope, Anastasia, The Way We Were and The Turning Point. His own play, Invitation to a March in 1960, was the first of several he directed. I Can Get It for You Wholesale in 1961 was the first musical he directed, followed by others including La Cage aux Folles and Gypsy with Angela Lansbury, then Tyne Daly and most recently, Patti LuPone. He pased away in May 2011. (more...)

BWW REVIEWS: Riverside's WEST SIDE STORY Enthralls
by Jeffrey Walker - Jul 12, 2014

WEST SIDE STORY, now playing through August 3 at Riverside Center, still has the power to enthrall audiences with Leonard Bernstein's symphonic jazz score and Stephen Sondheim's young lyrics. The lyrical voices of Quinn Vogt-Welch and Matthew Hirsh as Maria and Tony captivate the audience. (more...)

Matthew Warchus Passes On Directing GYPSY Movie Starring Barbra Streisand
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 11, 2014

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus has passed on directing the currently in development big screen edition of classic Golden Age musical GYPSY set to star iconic leading lady Barbra Streisand according to a new report. (more...)

Scott Ripley, Alanna Saunders, Amandina Altomare & More Join Leslie Uggams in GYPSY, Beginning Tonight at CT Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

In April 2014, Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal announced that Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams would be starring as Rose in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's (CRT) production of GYPSY: A Musical Fable today, July 10-20. This announcement quickly spread through social media circles and the theatre community and set off a firestorm of discussion on message boards and Twitter about casting an African American actress in this iconic role. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, July 2, 2014
by William J Connolly - Jul 04, 2014

With recent theatrical revivals full of fresh interpretations and performances, Jerome Robbins' new production of West Side Story moves directly against recent trends and towards the origins of this story of heartbreaking love. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse Presents GYPSY, 7/18-9/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Beginning July 18, everything's coming up roses as the Playhouse brings one of the greatest American musicals of all time to life…Gypsy! From the unforgettable first notes of its legendary overture to the final white hot spotlight, Gypsy is considered by many to be 'the best musical ever,' as it tells the story of the archetypal stage mother, Rose and her daughters June and Louise. Set during the 1920s fading vaudeville circuit, Gypsy portrays the rise of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and casts an affectionate eye on show business as she journeys across the country with her mother and sister during a time when Vaudeville was dying… and burlesque was born. Bold, brassy, yet remarkably charming, Rose puts today's Dance Moms to shame as she steamrolls everyone in her way to turn her daughters into child stars. When the younger, more talented daughter defects, Rose sinks all her hopes (and claws) into the elder. (more...)

42nd Street Moon Presents DO I HEAR A WALTZ, 10/1-19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

42nd Street Moon kicks off its 22nd season with the rare Richard Rodgers-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents collaboration Do I Hear A Waltz?, starring Broadway's Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show, The Full Monty, Billy Elliot). Based on Arthur Laurents' 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo, which inspired the Katharine Hepburn movie Summertime, the wistful story follows a lonely American tourist as she finds romance under the enchantment of mid-1960s Venice. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Martin Charnin Talks New ANNIE Movie & National Tour, Plus ANNIE WARBUCKS Broadway Plans, Vivid Mary Rodgers Memories & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 02, 2014

Today we are talking to a remarkably accomplished writer and director who has amassed numerous top entertainment trophies over the course of his long and distinguished career, including multiple Emmy Awards, Tony Awards and even a Grammy - the uniquely talented Martin Charnin. Sharing his thoughts on the forthcoming big screen adaptation of his hit musical property ANNIE as well as previewing what we can expect from the forthcoming 2014-2015 national tour, Charnin also reflects on the original production of the classic Depression-era musical and analyzes why it remains a continual cultural touchstone for generations new and old while also looking ahead to a potential Broadway production of the sequel, written with original composer Charles Strouse, ANNIE WARBUCKS. Also, Charnin touches upon his time as a member of the original cast of iconic musical WEST SIDE STORY and recounts working alongside legends such as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents and more. Additionally, Charnin sheds some light on his illustrious string of collaborations with recently deceased composer Mary Rodgers Guettel, ranging from more than 50 songs written as a team to a string of special TV musicals as well as working together on the stage musicals HOT SPOT and THE MADWOMAN OF CENTRAL PARK WEST. Besides of all of that, Charnin also looks back to his heyday as a TV variety special helmer, having created award-winning tributes to a slew of Broadway's best composers and lyricists including George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and many more. Plus, Charnin shares his thoughts on GLEE, how show business has changed, the possible future life for TWO BY TWO and much, much more in this wide-ranging chat with a major Broadway notable. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY at Music Theatre Wichita Shooting Sparks into Space
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Jul 01, 2014

West Side Story came to a triumphant close last night at Century II. Music Theatre Wichita produced another hit in the 2014 season. An exciting, devastating celebration of the human condition, compassion and consequence. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Sparkling, Spangled GYPSY at York Little Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - Jun 30, 2014

Christopher Quigley and leads Jenna Mae Reck and Chris Ausherman brought the story of America's most notorious stage mother and her strong-willed daughter to life on the YLT stage (more...)

BWW Interviews: It's LESLIE UGGAMS Turn as Momma Rose in GYPSY
by Ryan Kilpatrick - Jun 30, 2014

If anyone was destined for a career in the arts, it was Leslie Uggams. With a father who was a singer and a mother who was a dancer, it was appropriate that Leslie would be a professional by the age of six. She attended school with the composer, Marvin Hamlish and the son of Gypsy Rose Lee and Otto Preminger, Erik Lee Preminger. Ms. Uggams has worked with everyone from Ethel Waters to Kermit the frog. Yet, it is her latest venture that proves there are still many barriers to break for African Americans in the industry. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway Rose Brings 76 Trombones and a Lot of Exuberance to THE MUSIC MAN
by Patrick Brassell - Jun 30, 2014

Their new production of The Music Man isn't flashy and doesn't do anything radical with Meredith Willson's book and score, and that's the best decision they could have made. (more...)

Scott Ripley, Alanna Saunders, Amandina Altomare & More Join Leslie Uggams in GYPSY at CT Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

In April 2014, Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal announced that Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams would be starring as Rose in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's (CRT) production of GYPSY: A Musical Fable July 10-20. This announcement quickly spread through social media circles and the theatre community and set off a firestorm of discussion on message boards and Twitter about casting an African American actress in this iconic role. (more...)

BWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a Triumph
by David Clarke - Jun 23, 2014

When it comes to contemporary classics in American musical theatre, just the sheer mention of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY is enough to get any fan of the medium listening. His clever orchestrations, drive and ambition, and unique construction made the show a hallmark of the genre that is still adored and studied today. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Karen Olivo Talks TICK, TICK...BOOM!, Her New Life in Wisconsin & More!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 22, 2014

Tony winner Karen Olivo, who announced last spring that she'd be leaving New York City behind for a quieter life in Wisconsin, will return to the stage in this production. Before rehearsals began, Olivo took the time to update BroadwayWorld about preparing for the show, her new life outside of New York, and so much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

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