Arthur laurents' first play, home of the brave, was a hard-hitting look at the plight of a jewish gi during the war and opened on broadway in 1945 the bird cage followed in 1950, then the. Laurents also was an accomplished director during a more than 70-year career that began with radio plays in college and continued through the 2009 main stem revival of west side story he directed. A comparison of william shakespeare's romeo and juliet and arthur laurents west side story.
The turning point by laurents, arthur and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom. Arthur laurents, the irascible, enduring man of the theatre who wrote plays and screenplays and enjoyed a significant career as a director — but who made his lasting mark as the librettist to. The playwright and screenwriter arthur laurents wrote the books for two true classics of musical theatre, west side story (1957) and gypsy (1959), and directed the hit musical la cage aux folles.
West side story is a musical with a book by arthur laurents, music by leonard bernstein and lyrics by stephen sondheim it was inspired by william shakespeare's play romeo and juliet. Arthur laurents, writer of such classic stage musicals as west side story and gypsy, has died in new york aged 93 the director and screenwriter died at his manhattan home from complications of. Meshing together of characters in arthur laurents' west side story and shakespeare's romeo and juliet the meshing of characters between shakespeare's romeo and juliet and bernstein's west side story formulate significant similarities between the two.
When leonard bernstein, stephen sondheim, jerome robbins and arthur laurents created west side story in the mid-'50s, they lived within walking distance of the concrete alleys and. West side story music by leonard bernstein book by arthur laurents lyrics by stephen sondheim may 16 to june 8, 2019 mainstage | wednesday - saturday shakespeare's romeo and juliet is transported to 1950's new york city as two young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. The play west side story, by arthur laurents, is based upon the play romeo and juliet, by william shakespeare despite a few differences, both works, in essence, have the same plot.
Arthur laurents, an irascible eminence of musical theater and movies out of whose typewriter came the stage scripts for west side story, gypsy and the three-hanky film romance the. West side story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, romeo and juliet the feuding families become two warring new york city gangs- the white jets led by riff and the puerto rican sharks, led by bernardo. The prejudice may be racial, as in home of the brave, west side story, and hallelujah, baby, or sexual, as in the enclave, while the conformity may be either in the area of perpetuating the. The original stage musical of west side story — now revived and touring to seattle — differs from the well-known film in key ways here's a short compare and contrast by seattle times. (applause books) as a playwright, screenwriter, and director, arthur laurents has a unique place in the history of theater in this moving, exhilarating, and provocative account, he presents readers with a front-row look at the making of two of the greatest musicals of the american stage, west side.
Arthur laurents is best known as the distinguished playwright who penned such plays as home of the brave, west side story and gypsy these were later adapted into films by others. 2 arthur laurents: i'm well, thank you host: excellent now, arthur, why don't you tell everyone who you are, and what your role was in the creation of west side story. Comparing shakespeare's romeo and juliet versus arthur laurents west side story in approximately 1594, william shakespeare began to write one of the most well known tragedies in history, romeo and juliet.
The creation of west side story was an extended process, involving decades of work, long periods of drought, and the collaboration of four of american musical theatre's greatest standalone talents. The composer of on the town and west side story, chief conductor of the new york philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, and inveterate partygoer leonard bernstein was a massive celebrity. West side story written by arthur laurents is actually a modern adaptation of shakespeare's romeo and juliet the west side story is set in upper west side manhattan it is about rivalry between two teenage gangs of different backgrounds. Important dates in the history of west side story 1917 arthur laurents is born the playwright, director and screenwriter behind west side story's book.