Death of a Broadway Lion

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

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Director Arthur Laurents, centre, is flanked by actress Chita Rivera, left, and actress Karen Olivo while visiting 'West Side Story' At Palace Theater On Broadway on February 26, 2009 in New York City. Director Arthur Laurents, centre, is flanked by actress Chita Rivera, left, and actress Karen Olivo while visiting ‘West Side Story’ At Palace Theater On Broadway on February 26, 2009 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

And a quick cuttings job in the Mail.

 

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