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Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals

Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals

Arthur Laurents

ISBN: 9780307270887

From playwright, screenwriter, and director Laurents comes a mesmerizing book about theater, art and the artist, the insider and the outsider--and the making of two of the greatest musicals of the American stage: "Gypsy" and "West Side Story."

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From Arthur Laurents, playwright, screenwriter, director--a mesmerizing book about theater, the art, the artist, the insider, the outsider--and the making of two of the greatest musicals of the American stage, " West Side Story" and" Gypsy." It is a book profoundly enriched by the author's two loves, love for the theater and love for his partner of fifty-two years, Tom Hatcher, who shared and inspired every aspect of his life and his work.
Laurents writes about the musicals he directed, " I Can Get It for You Wholesale," its producer David Merrick (the "Abominable Showman"), and its (very young) stars Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould . . . He writes about Stephen Sondheim's" Anyone Can Whistle," which starred Angela Lansbury and Lee Remick, marking the debut for each in musical theater. He summons up the challenges and surprises that came with the making of" La Cage aux Folles," the first big Broadway musical that was gay and glad to be.
He writes in rich detail about his most recent production of" Gypsy, " how it began as an act of love, a love that spread through the entire company and resulted in a" Gypsy" unlike any other. And about his new bilingual production of" West Side Story."
And he talks, as well, about the works of other directors--"Fiddler on the Roof; Kiss Me, Kate";" Spring Awakening";" Street Scene";" The Phantom of the Opera";" LoveMusik";" Sweeney Todd.
"Moving, exhilarating, provocative--a portrait of an artist working with other artists; a unique close-up look at today's American musical theater by a man who's been at its red-hot center for more than five decades.
Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents (1917-2011) was the prize-winning author of musical plays such as West Side Story; Gypsy; Anyone Can Whistle; Do I Hear a Waltz?; Hallelujah, Baby!; and Nick & Nora; and screenplays such as The Snake Pit; Rope; Caught; Anastasia; Bonjour Tristesse; The Way We Were; and The Turning Point. His plays include Home of the Brave, The Time of the Cuckoo, A Clearing in the Woods, ... view full profile

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