Arthur Laurents' 2000 autobiography, "Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood," gets its trade paperback release July 10. The Applause Books paperback, like the hardcover that came before, traces Laurents' life from Brooklyn to Broadway to Hollywood, as he encounters the personalities who shaped post-war American show biz. Laurents' contributions to Gypsy and West Side Story are documented in the photo-rich book, and he also discusses his screenplays for "The Turning Point" and "The Way We Were." Laurents turns 83 July 14.
He also dips deeply personal, discussing not just the sting of the 1950s blacklisting period, but his sexual awakening — and conquests.
Laurents' first Broadway play was Home of the Brave in 1945. A revival of interest in Laurents' work occurred in the past several seasons, with Off-Broadway revivals of The Time of the Cuckoo and Home of the Brave, and premieres of such new works as Jolson Sings Again, Venecia, Big Potato and Claudia Lazlo.