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Arthur Laurents (wiki), writer of the libretti for West Side Story and Gypsy, among many other things, has died at the age of 93. posted by Lutoslawski (15 comments total)

 
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posted by dismas at 1:02 PM on May 6, 2011


Krup that.
posted by orthogonality at 1:09 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


As long as we have this act, nobody's over twelve and you all know it.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:24 PM on May 6, 2011



posted by tzikeh at 1:31 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


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Slight correction. Laurents wrote the books for West Side Story and Gypsy. The lyrics were by Sondheim for both.
posted by mkb at 1:42 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by cazoo at 2:20 PM on May 6, 2011


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posted by New England Cultist at 2:28 PM on May 6, 2011


I love West Side Story, and was lucky enough to see the Broadway revival that Laurents directed two years ago. It was interesting - the man responsible for what is probably the least-cherished aspect of the show ending up with all that power over that much-anticipated production. There was a lot about it that I didn't enjoy, but I certainly admire whatever it was that drove Laurents to make the choices he did, one of which -- the translation of a significant (but not enormous) number of the lyrics into Spanish -- was fairly radical. At the age of 92 he still wanted to be "absolutely contemporary". I think that's really something, and I'm glad that so near the end of a such a long and accomplished life, he was still wanting to do interesting things, and still getting his way about doing them. I'm sorry he's gone.

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posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 3:16 PM on May 6, 2011


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posted by lapolla at 4:02 PM on May 6, 2011


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posted by Joey Michaels at 4:27 PM on May 6, 2011


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posted by Wordwoman at 5:40 PM on May 6, 2011


That piece "America" is just wonderful - the music, the lyrics, the choreography - all of it. Fantastic.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:52 PM on May 6, 2011


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posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:07 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sperm to worm.

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posted by Astro Zombie at 7:38 PM on May 6, 2011


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posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 11:25 PM on May 6, 2011


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