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Laurents, Arthur (1917-2011)  
 
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Laurents followed that success with a controversial revival of West Side Story, distinguished by its emphasis on acting rather than singing and dancing and its bilingualism.

In 2009, Laurents published another memoir, Mainly on Directing: "Gypsy," "West Side Story" and Other Musicals, in which he examined the musicals he directed as well as the work of other directors. He also discussed his long love affair with Hatcher, and his platonic relationships with the actors he has directed.

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In 2009, Laurents also premiered his play, New Year's Eve. Starring Keith Carradine and Marlo Thomas, the work examines the ambiguous sexuality of a somewhat jaded New York theatrical family.

On May 5, 2011, Laurents died peacefully at his Manhattan home.]

Raymond-Jean Frontain

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    Bibliography
   

Kaiser, Charles. "Honest Arthur." The Advocate 1027 (June 2009): http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid82054.asp

Laurents, Arthur. Original Story by Arthur Laurents: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood. New York: Applause Theatre Books, 2000.

Mann, William J. Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. New York: Viking Penguin, 2001.

Miller, D. A. "Anal Rope." Inside/Out: Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories. Diana Fuss, ed. New York: Routledge, 1991. 119-141.

Mordden,Ethan. Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

_____. Open a New Window: The Broadway Musical in the 1960s. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

 

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    Author: Frontain, Raymond-Jean  
    Entry Title: Laurents, Arthur  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
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    Date Last Updated May 6, 2011  
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