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Arthur Laurents

 
Date of Birth: July 14, 1918 (103)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Regional (US), 2018]
Book
 
[US Tour, 2010]
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[Broadway, 2009]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[New York, 2004]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Creative Consultant
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Director
Director
 
[West End, 1986]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1973]
Director
 
[West End, 1973]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Director

Writing

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Bookwriter
Source Material
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Photos

Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curt Photo

Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for GYPSY at the St. James Theatre in New York City. March 27, 2008 √É‚Äö√ā¬© Walter McBride

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Date:
05/07/2011
Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curt Photo

Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for GYPSY at the St. James Theatre in New York City.

From: 
Date:
05/07/2011
Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curt Photo

Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for GYPSY at the St. James Theatre in New York City.

From: 
Date:
05/07/2011
Cody Green, Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scallione, Arthur Laurents, Karen Olivo & George Photo

Cody Green, Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scallione, Arthur Laurents, Karen Olivo & George Akram attending the Opening Night Performance After Party for WEST SIDE STORY at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City

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Date:
05/07/2011

 

Stage

Productions

[Regional (US), 2018]
Book

[US Tour, 2010]
Director

[Broadway, 2009]
Director

[Broadway, 2008]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director

[New York, 2004]
Director

[Broadway, 1996]
Creative Consultant

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director

[Broadway, 1991]
Director

[Broadway, 1989]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Director

Director

[West End, 1986]
Director

[Broadway, 1983]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Director

[Broadway, 1979]
Director

[Broadway, 1974]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1973]
Director

[West End, 1973]
Director

[Broadway, 1964]
Director

[Broadway, 1962]
Director

[Broadway, 1960]
Director

Writing
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Bookwriter
Source Material
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Arthur Laurents Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2009 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing Gold Star
Arthur Laurents
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Arthur Laurents, West Side Story
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Arthur Laurents, Gypsy
 
Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Direction of a Musical
Arthur Laurents, Gypsy
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production
Arthur LaurentsGypsy
 
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Arthur Laurents, La Cage aux Folles
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Arthur Laurents, Gypsy
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Direction of a Musical
Arthur Laurents, Gypsy
 
Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Musical
Arthur Laurents, Gypsy

Arthur Laurents News

WEST SIDE STORY Comes to Neuinszenierung Halt Photo WEST SIDE STORY Comes to Neuinszenierung Halt
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2022

Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America ‚Äď nur wenige T√∂ne der weltbekannten Kompositionen reichen aus, um die packenden Bild- und Gef√ľhlswelten der West Side Story wachzurufen, und sie nie mehr zu vergessen. Vom 17. bis 29. Januar 2023 macht der Klassiker in einer mitreissenden Neuinszenierung Halt im Theater 11¬†Z√ľrich.

BWW Feature: 'Now's the Time' to see HALLELUJAH, BABY! at Haddonfield Plays & Players Photo BWW Feature: 'Now's the Time' to see HALLELUJAH, BABY! at Haddonfield Plays & Players
by Amber Kusching - May 15, 2022

Now’s the time! Get out of your room, grab your favorite beverage, and head over to Haddonfield Plays & Players’ production of Hallelujah, Baby! playing May 20th through June 4th in Haddonfield, NJ.

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston Returns with 53rd Summer Season Photo Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston Returns with 53rd Summer Season
by Marissa Tomeo - May 11, 2022

After a two-year hiatus, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston returns for its 53rd summer season on the main stage at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452). Under the direction of new Artistic Director Rachel Bertone, the curtain will rise on two iconic American musicals: West Side Story, the powerful tale of young lovers caught between prejudice and warring street gangs (July 8-16, 2022) and Pippin, Stephen Schwartz's unforgettable musical masterpiece of a young prince searching for passion, adventure, and the true meaning of life. (August 5-13, 2022).

BWW Review: SONDHEIM TRIBUTE at Studio De L'Accord Parfait Photo BWW Review: SONDHEIM TRIBUTE at Studio De L'Accord Parfait
by Patrick Honoré - May 11, 2022

American Musical Theater Live continues to carry Broadway's flame in Paris.

Off-Broadway Premiere of MR. PARKER to be Presented at Theatre Row Photo Off-Broadway Premiere of MR. PARKER to be Presented at Theatre Row
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

Penguin Rep Theatre¬†announced today the Off-Broadway premiere of¬†Mr. Parker,¬†a new play written by¬†Michael McKeever and directed by¬†Joe Brancato.¬†Performances will begin Wednesday, June 1, 2022, for a limited engagement through June 25, 2022, at¬†Theatre Row ‚Äď Theatre 1¬†(410 West 42nd Street).¬†Opening Night is Monday, June 6, 2022, at 7:00PM.

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, INTIMATE APPAREL & More Announced for MainStage Irving-Las C Photo THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, INTIMATE APPAREL & More Announced for MainStage Irving-Las Colinas 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2022

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas has announced their 2022-2023 season to be produced and performed in the Dupree Theater of the Irving Arts Center. This season features five main productions each running for three weekends ‚ÄstGypsy,¬†Ada and the Engine,¬†Intimate Apparel, The Light in the Piazza,¬†and¬†The Underpants.¬†¬†

George Street Playhouse Announces Nadiyah Dorsey as Director of Education Photo George Street Playhouse Announces Nadiyah Dorsey as Director of Education
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 25, 2022

George Street Playhouse has announced the appointment of Nadiyah S. Dorsey as the new Director of Education.

Library of Congress Acquires Neil Simon's Papers and Manuscripts Photo Library of Congress Acquires Neil Simon's Papers and Manuscripts
by Stephi Wild - Apr 25, 2022

The Library of Congress has acquired the manuscripts and papers of playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, the most commercially successful American playwright of the 20th century.

Online Exhibit Will Include Pieces From HELLO, DOLLY!, CABARET, MY FAIR LADY, and Mor Photo Online Exhibit Will Include Pieces From HELLO, DOLLY!, CABARET, MY FAIR LADY, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Apr 20, 2022

You’ll Be Swell! You’ll Be Great! The Fine Art of Performance is the new exhibition from Helicline Fine Art beginning May 2 through August 31, 2022. About three dozen works of art depicting theatre, film, dance, music and circus, will be available online and in person.

VIDEO: First Look at ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse Photo VIDEO: First Look at ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2022

Footage has been released from the new London production of Arthur Laurents‚Äô and Stephen Sondheim‚Äôs rarely produced 1964 musical ‚ÄėAnyone Can Whistle‚Äô.

Arthur Laurents Videos

VIDEO: First Look at ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse VideoVIDEO: First Look at ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2022

Footage has been released from the new London production of Arthur Laurents‚Äô and Stephen Sondheim‚Äôs rarely produced 1964 musical ‚ÄėAnyone Can Whistle‚Äô.

VIDEO: Inside Rehearsal For ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Inside Rehearsal For ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Mar 25, 2022

An all new video has been released from inside rehearsal for the upcoming production Anyone Can Whistle! A political satire about conformity and the ostracisation of those considered ‚Äėother‚Äô in society, ‚ÄėAnyone Can Whistle‚Äô, directed by Georgie Rankcom, will play Southwark Playhouse, 1 April - 7 May, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from BAIP√ĀS at George Street Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from BAIP√ĀS at George Street Playhouse
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 10, 2022

George Street Playhouse welcomes back audiences to the Arthur Laurents Theater at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center with the captivating new production of Baipás by Jacobo Morales, directed by Julio Monge, running through March, 20th, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose Perform 'America' in New WEST SIDE STORY Music Video VideoVIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose Perform 'America' in New WEST SIDE STORY Music Video
by Michael Major - Mar 2, 2022

Disney has released a new music video of Academy Award-nominee Ariana DeBose perform 'America' as Anita in Steven Spielberg's award-winning, critically-acclaimed 'West Side Story'. The film also stars Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, David Alvarez, and more.

VIDEO: WEST SIDE STORY Cast Sings 'America' in Scoring Session Featurette VideoVIDEO: WEST SIDE STORY Cast Sings 'America' in Scoring Session Featurette
by Michael Major - Feb 1, 2022

A new West Side Story featurette has revealed a look inside a scoring session for the film, featuring Ariana DeBose and the cast of the film singing 'America.' The the new video also features appearances from Rita Moreno, Steven Spielberg, Rachel Zegler, David Alvarez, and more. Watch the new featurette now!

VIDEO: Watch a Costume Featurette From WEST SIDE STORY Featuring Paul Tazewell VideoVIDEO: Watch a Costume Featurette From WEST SIDE STORY Featuring Paul Tazewell
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 20, 2022

A Costume Featurette from¬†Steven Spielberg‚Äôs ‚ÄúWest Side Story‚Ä̬†featuring 2022 Critics Choice Nominee and Tony Award¬ģ¬†and Emmy Award¬ģ¬†winning costume designer,¬†Paul Tazewell,¬†has been released.

VIDEO: Tony Kushner Talks WEST SIDE STORY, Working With Steven Spielberg, and More VideoVIDEO: Tony Kushner Talks WEST SIDE STORY, Working With Steven Spielberg, and More
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2022

Tony Kushner recently chatted with Gold Derby editor Christopher Rosen about the film adaptation of West Side Story in an all new interview.

VIDEO: Steven Spielberg & Janusz KamiŇĄski Discuss WEST SIDE STORY Cinematography VideoVIDEO: Steven Spielberg & Janusz KamiŇĄski Discuss WEST SIDE STORY Cinematography
by Michael Major - Dec 28, 2021

Steven Spielberg and¬†Janusz KamiŇĄski go behind the scenes of West Side Story, discussing the film's award-winning cinematography.¬†West Side Story recently won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography. The video features behind-the-scenes looks at 'America,' 'The Rumble,' 'Maria,' and 'Tonight.'

VIDEO: Watch the 'Celebrate Tonight' WEST SIDE STORY Teaser VideoVIDEO: Watch the 'Celebrate Tonight' WEST SIDE STORY Teaser
by Michael Major - Dec 10, 2021

A new teaser for West Side Story has been released! The 'Celebrate Tonight' trailer features new footage of Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, Josh Andrés Rivera, and David Alvarez in the new film. Watch the new teaser now!

VIDEO: Steven Spielberg Talks David Alvarez as Bernardo in WEST SIDE STORY VideoVIDEO: Steven Spielberg Talks David Alvarez as Bernardo in WEST SIDE STORY
by Michael Major - Dec 9, 2021

In a new West Side Story featurette, Steven Spielberg speaks on casting David Alvarez as Bernardo. 'West Side Story' tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. The cast also includes Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno.


Arthur Laurents Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Arthur Laurents written?
Arthur Laurents has written 18 shows including Home of the Brave (Playwright), The Bird Cage (Playwright), The Time of the Cuckoo (Playwright), A Clearing in the Woods (Playwright), West Side Story (Bookwriter), Gypsy (Bookwriter), Invitation to a March (Playwright), Anyone Can Whistle (Bookwriter), Do I Hear a Waltz? (Source Material), Hallelujah, Baby! (Bookwriter), The Enclave (Playwright), The Madwoman of Central Park West (Bookwriter), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Bookwriter), Nick & Nora (Bookwriter), The Radical Mystique (Playwright), Angela Lansbury - A Celebration (Playwright), The Time of the Cuckoo (Playwright), The Light in the Piazza (Bookwriter).

What awards has Arthur Laurents been nominated for?
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards) , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for West Side Story , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Gypsy , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Gypsy , Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Gypsy , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for La Cage aux Folles , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Gypsy Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Gypsy and Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Gypsy .

What awards has Arthur Laurents won?
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards) Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for La Cage aux Follesand Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Gypsy.