Arthur Laurents News

Date of Birth: July 14, 1918 (97)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male
Rubicon's Musical Theatre Intensive to Present WEST SIDE STORY with 21-Piece Orchestra Next MonthRubicon's Musical Theatre Intensive to Present WEST SIDE STORY with 21-Piece Orchestra Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Rubicon Theatre, a not-for-profit professional regional theatre company in Ventura, California, announces its production of WEST SIDE STORY (Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS, Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM), to be performed by the students of the Education Department's MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE, featuring at twenty-one piece orchestra conducted by DANIEL NEWMAN-LESSLER. This production is directed by BRIAN McDONALD, Musical Direction by MIRIAM ARICHEA and choreography is by CAROLANNE MARANO. Set and lights are designed by David King. Production Manager is Jessie Vacchiano, Stage Manager is Jon Stover. (more...)

Legendary Publicist Charlie Cinnamon Reveals What Drew Him to the TheatreLegendary Publicist Charlie Cinnamon Reveals What Drew Him to the Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

In a new interview with the Miami Herald, legendary Florida publicist Charlie Cinnamon has opened up about what originally drew him to Broadway. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY, Starring Justin Matthew Sargent and Carolann M. Sanita, to Open at Music Circus Next MonthWEST SIDE STORY, Starring Justin Matthew Sargent and Carolann M. Sanita, to Open at Music Circus Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

With a cast featuring Music Circus audience favorites and Broadway veterans, several of which have performed in the show on Broadway and on tour, West Side Story, the fifth production in the 65th Music Circus season, celebrates Broadway at its greatest. Performances are Tuesday, August 4 through Sunday, August 9 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 27, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tinkerbelle the Dog in GYPSY at Harbor Theatre Lights Co.Photo Flash: Tinkerbelle the Dog in GYPSY at Harbor Theatre Lights Co.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

Tinkerbelle the Dog (@Tinkerbellethedog) the recent social media rescue dog visiting the cast of Broadway Shows (American in Paris, It Shoulda Been You) is one step closer to her broadway dream! She was just recently cast as Chowsie in the Harbor Lights Theater Company's production of GYPSY starring Tony Award Nominee Sally Mayes. Check out photos of the pup and the cast below! (more...)

George Street Playhouse Appoints Actor/Director Michael Mastro Resident Artistic DirectorGeorge Street Playhouse Appoints Actor/Director Michael Mastro Resident Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

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Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Sally Mayes and More in Harbor Lights' GYPSYPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Sally Mayes and More in Harbor Lights' GYPSY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

The Harbor Lights Theater Company (Harbor Lights), Staten Island's only professional Equity Theater Company, led by Founders and Artistic Directors Tamara Jenkins and Jay Montgomery, is pleased to announce a cast that includes not only Broadway veterans and Tony and Emmy nominees, but also many Staten Islanders.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' OnCRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' On
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2015

Theater in Tennessee has never been busier nor has it been more diverse than what you'll find onstage this weekend throughout the Volunteer State. From frothy and fun summer musicals that are sure to make you think - like All Shook Up at Chaffin's Barn and A Chorus Line at Cumberland County Playhouse - to new plays from Shawn Whitsell (his latest, Songs For Our Sons, premieres at Darkhorse Theatre on Friday night) and emerging playwright Che Pieper (his new script based on the book The Man With the Light in His Window debuts at The Theater Bug this weekend)…the magic of live theater is all around you…even in this heat and humidity! So pull your seersucker suits and sundresses out of the closet, get all gussied up and make your way to the relative cool of a darkened theater for some midsummer magic! (more...)

DROP DEAD PERFECT with Everett Quinton Begins Next Month Off-BroadwayDROP DEAD PERFECT with Everett Quinton Begins Next Month Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Hot on the high heels of last year's acclaimed sold-out production, the madcap comedy DROP DEAD PERFECT, starring the legendary Everett Quinton returns to the Theatre at St. Clements (423 West 46 Street - between 8th and 9th Avenues) for a limited 8-week engagement Off-Broadway with an opening set for Sunday, August 23rd.   Previews begin Wednesday, August 19th. With overwhelming rave reviews, critic picks, and audience accolades, DROP DEAD PERFECT is directed by Joe Brancato and written by Erasmus Fenn. The comedy is produced by Penguin Rep Theatre, Morton Wolkowitz, Barbara Freitag and Jamie deRoy.  Tickets are $69 and can be purchased by visiting www.dropdeadperfect.com or calling 845-786-2873. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Harbor Lights Changes Matinee Schedule for GYPSYHarbor Lights Changes Matinee Schedule for GYPSY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

The Harbor Lights Theater Company (Harbor Lights), Staten Island's only professional Equity Theater Company, led by Founders and Artistic Directors Tamara Jenkins and Jay Montgomery, is pleased to announce a special Family Discount- bring a family of 4 and get one kid free - for the Saturday matinee performances of GYPSY on August 8th at 2 p.m. at the Historic St. George Theatre, Staten Island. (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: Crystal Kurek & Corey Shadd from WEST SIDE STORYTHE FRIDAY FIVE: Crystal Kurek & Corey Shadd from WEST SIDE STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 17, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. Today, we introduce you to Corey Shadd and Crystal Kurek, who star as Tony and Maria in West Side Story, opening tonight at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: It's A Big Weekend OnstageCRITICS' CHOICE: It's A Big Weekend Onstage
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 16, 2015

And Sondra Morton, Jayme Smith and co. (that would be Act Too) stages their company's latest work at the historic Franklin Theatre - The Sound of Music - starring Kimberly Rye as Maria, Cameron Bortz as Rolf and the inimitable Matt Baugher as Georg Von Trapp. Check it out! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Laura Benanti & The Skivvies Join the Good Fight in Combating Cell Phones in the Theatre with New SongSTAGE TUBE: Laura Benanti & The Skivvies Join the Good Fight in Combating Cell Phones in the Theatre with New Song
by Stage Tube - Jul 15, 2015

The Skivvies and Tony winner Laura Benanti have joined the good fight against cell phone usage in the theatre with a new song, aptly titled 'Look Up.' Written by Benanti, the number 'provides musical advice to audience members tempted to use mobile devices during a performance.' (more...)

Grand Scale WEST SIDE STORY for Artscape Opera House from 23 July 2015Grand Scale WEST SIDE STORY for Artscape Opera House from 23 July 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Presented at Artscape by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, WEST SIDE STORY, the musical masterpiece by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, based on an original conception of Jerome Robbins, opens at the Artscape Opera House on 23 July 2015. (more...)

Lamb's Extends WEST SIDE STORYLamb's Extends WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Lamb's Players announced that West Side Story, their critically acclaimed musical hit, currently playing in Coronado, will extend until August 30th.  The Nerd  - previously scheduled to run from Aug 14 - Sep 20 moves to January/February 2016.  Lamb's 2016 Season will begin in March. (more...)

Marlo Thomas to Star in Joe DiPietro's CLEVER LITTLE LIES Off-Broadway This FallMarlo Thomas to Star in Joe DiPietro's CLEVER LITTLE LIES Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Joan Raffe, Jhett Tolentino, and Douglas Denoff announced today that two time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro's 'delightfully deceitful' comedy, Clever Little Lies, will play off-Broadway's Westside Theatre Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), following critically acclaimed, sold-out runs at George Street Playhouse in 2013 and Guild Hall last summer. Starring Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Award-winner Marlo Thomas and direction by David Saint, Clever Little Lies will begin previews on Friday, September 18th for an exclusive limited engagement through January 3rd, 2016. The official opening night is set for Wednesday, October 14th. (more...)

BBBay's WEST SIDE STORY to Open 8/14BBBay's WEST SIDE STORY to Open 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

The musical WEST SIDE STORY runs from August 14th through 30th at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City (2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA) and September 5th through 13th at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey (417 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/14/15- Arthur LaurentsSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/14/15- Arthur Laurents
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2015

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...)

VIDEO: Ethel Merman, David Merrick & More in Rare Footage from Original GYPSY RehearsalVIDEO: Ethel Merman, David Merrick & More in Rare Footage from Original GYPSY Rehearsal
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 13, 2015

Professional writer, playwright and lyricist, Stephen B. Crowley has shared astounding footage of the original 1959 production of GYPSY in rehearsal. (more...)

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