The playwright Arthur Laurents, who wrote West Side Story with Leonard Bernstein and three musicals with Stephen Sondheim, has died at the age of 93. I had a long conversation with him some years back about why Anyone Can Whistle was such a flop. You can read it here.
Arthur was full of life and laughter, and Sondheim continued to cherish his friendship.
He published a scintillating memoir, titled Original Story by Arthur Laurents.
Here’s the AP obit, a few minutes ago, just up on the CBC site:
West Side Story writer Arthur Laurents dies
The Associated Press
Posted: May 6, 2011 12:33 AM ET
Last Updated: May 6, 2011 12:33 AM ET