Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents, the irascible, enduring Man of the Theatre who wrote plays and screenplays and enjoyed a significant career as a director — but who made his lasting mark as the librettist to two landmark musicals, West Side Story and Gypsy — died May 5 2011 at his Manhattan home after a short illness, his agent Jonathan Lomma confirmed. He was 93 years old, and died peacefully in his sleep.

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  • Born: Jul 14, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Death: May 5, 2011 in New York, NY

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1975 Outstanding Director of a Musical Gypsy Winner
Drama League
2009 Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing Winner
Outer Critics Circle
2009 Outstanding Director of a Musical West Side Story Nominee
2008 Outstanding Director of a Musical Gypsy Nominee
Tony Award
2008 Direction of a Musical Gypsy Nominee
1984 Direction of a Musical La Cage aux Folles Winner
1975 Direction of a Musical Gypsy Nominee
1958 Musical West Side Story Nominee