Look for a new play by Arthur Laurents, Two Lives, to target New York for late fall or early winter this year.
Barry Brown, a co-producer of La Cage Aux Folles and an upcoming musical adaptation of The Visit with Angela Lansbury, is putting the show together. "It's about love and letting go," he told Playbill On-Line (March 4).
A source close to the production says the show is the fourth in a series of Laurents plays that have, at least on some level, gay themes. Others in the series include Jolson Sings Again, The Radical Mystique, My Good Name.
Gerald Gutierrez has been tapped to direct. He won a Tony for staging The Heiress and recently directed a revival of Once Upon A Mattress. He's also staging the upcoming Broadway drama Honour with Jane Alexander -- a coincidence, since Alexander starred in the last uptown revival of The Visit.
Brown says he "definitely" wants to bring the eight-character show to Broadway, though he intends "to go out of town somewhere" first. Best known for writing the libretto for West Side Story and Gypsy, Laurents' other works include Home of the Brave, The Enclave and 1978's My Mother Was A Fortune Teller, which later became The Madwoman of Central Park.