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Arthur Laurents

 
Date of Birth: July 14, 1918 (104)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Productions

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

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Source Material
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Arthur Laurents Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2009 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing Gold Star
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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

Alison Fraser to Lead STRANGER INTERLUDES Industry Reading at Boundless Theater Photo Alison Fraser to Lead STRANGER INTERLUDES Industry Reading at Boundless Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

Boundless Theater announced has that Stranger Interludes, a new play by David James Parr, will receive an industry reading on Friday, November 18th at The Dramatists Guild Foundation, directed by Amanda Bearse (‚ÄúMarried‚Ķ with Children‚ÄĚ, Billy Eichner‚Äôs Bros).

The Muny Announces 105th Season Featuring Muny Premieres of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KIN Photo The Muny Announces 105th Season Featuring Muny Premieres of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, RENT, CHESS & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2022

The Muny has announced its captivating seven show lineup for its 105th Season. The season, bursting with premieres, comedies, romance and magic, opens June 12, 2023 and runs through August 20, 2023.

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Photo Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes and Christine Pedi have joined the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will honor musical theater legend Leslie Uggams with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, which will be presented by Dionne Warwick. 

Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein A Photo Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

The York Theatre Company has announced the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will take place on Monday evening, November 14, 2022 at The Edison Rooftop.

42nd Street Moon Presents GYPSY IN CONCERT Next Month at Campbell Heritage Theatre Photo 42nd Street Moon Presents GYPSY IN CONCERT Next Month at Campbell Heritage Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Oct 26, 2022

San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon has announced the cast and creative team for the upcoming concert presentation of the Tony Award-winning GYPSY. GYPSY, suggested by the memoirs of legendary burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee, features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 

SUMMER STOCK World Premiere, New Musical THE 12 & More Announced for Goodspeed Musica Photo SUMMER STOCK World Premiere, New Musical THE 12 & More Announced for Goodspeed Musicals 2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2022

Goodspeed Musicals has announced its 2023 season at the Goodspeed Opera House. It will be an exciting and memorable season with stories that range from Vaudeville to Motown, from powerful to playful and everything in between, featuring the world premiere of Summer Stock, based on the Judy Garland ‚Äď Gene Kelly film, and more.

Mirvish Theatres Will Dim the Marquee Lights to Honour the Life of Angela Lansbury Photo Mirvish Theatres Will Dim the Marquee Lights to Honour the Life of Angela Lansbury
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 11, 2022

The marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra and the Princess of Wales theatres will be dimmed on Wednesday, October 12, at 8 pm, to honour the life of the legendary Angela Lansbury, who died on Tuesday October 11, 2022 in Los Angeles at the age of 96.

42nd Street Moon Presents GYPSY in Concert Photo 42nd Street Moon Presents GYPSY in Concert
by Stephi Wild - Sep 28, 2022

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon has announced the cast and creative team for the upcoming concert presentation of the Tony Award-winning GYPSY. GYPSY, suggested by the memoirs of legendary burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee, features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

NENAproductions Opens 20th Year With Sondheim's ANYONE CAN WHISTLE Photo NENAproductions Opens 20th Year With Sondheim's ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
by Stephi Wild - Sep 27, 2022

NENAproductions Theater Project is celebrating 20 years in residence at The Jersey Shore Arts Center with the 2022 - 2023 Theater Season. The upcoming season truly reflects what this theater company has set out to accomplish since its inception.

Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Photo Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

The York Theatre Company will honor Tony Award-winning musical theater icon Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and Ted Chapin with The York Theatre Company Founders’ Award at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala.

Arthur Laurents Videos

VIDEO: First Look at ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse Videoplay
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.

VIDEO: Inside Rehearsal For ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at Southwark Playhouse Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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 Videoplay
VIDEO: 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.