Laurents will discuss the current Broadway revival of West Side Story, which recently opened at the Palace Theatre.
Laurents, according to press notes, will explain "why he decided to reinterpret this work now and [will discuss] his complex relationships with the show's original creative team, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince."
The 30-minute episode will debut on WNET/Thirteen April 3 at 1 AM with repeat broadcasts on CUNY TV scheduled for April 4 at 8:30 PM, April 5 at 12:30 PM and April 6 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
Arthur Laurents, the librettist for West Side Story; Hallelujah, Baby!; Anyone Can Whistle; and Gypsy, began writing for the theatre more than 50 years ago with the play Home of the Brave. Among his other works are The Time of the Cuckoo, Jolson Sings Again and 2 Lives. Laurents received a Best Director Tony Award for the original production of La Cage aux Folles. He also directed the Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Patti LuPone revivals of Gypsy as well as Invitation to a March, I Can Get it for You Wholesale and Anyone Can Whistle. Laurents' candid autobiography, published a few years back, is titled "Original Story By." His new tome is titled "Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals." Laurents is currently represented on Broadway with the new revival of West Side Story at the Palace Theatre.
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