Tag Archives: West Side Story

May Madness: Was Arthur Laurents a Genius?

May is a mad month. A month of random musings about various topics related to musical theatre. Feel free to share your thoughts on each topic in the comment box below. Was Arthur Laurents a Genius? Since Arthur Laurents died … Continue reading

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RIP Arthur Laurents

Playwright, director and screenwriter Arthur Laurents passed away today. Musical theatre fans will  remember him for writing the books of West Side Story, Gypsy, Hallelujah Baby! and La Cage aux Folles and for directing, in particular, the most recent revivals … Continue reading

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Musical Comedy vs. Musical Play

Following my 2010 redux blog on “Genres of Musical Theatre“, I received a message from Hans Anders Elgvang, a regular visitor of this site, asking: ‘What are, in your opinion, the differences between the form categories musical comedy and musical … Continue reading

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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM Song List

With opening night here, the time has come when the set list of songs for Sondheim on Sondheim is finally frozen and any and all rumours about what will be replaced or reallocated can be put to rest. Here is … Continue reading

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Arthur Laurents Interview in OUT

OUT Magazine has published an interview with Arthur Laurents. Entitled “Arthur Laurents Will Not Go Quietly”, the article deals somewhat with personal life and his relationship with Tom Hatcher, but also allows him to offer his trademark frank assessments of … Continue reading

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National Tour for WEST SIDE STORY

There will be a tour of Broadway’s current incarnation of West Side Story starting in October this year. This production, which features the classic score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, was directed by its librettist, Arthur Laurents. Much of … Continue reading

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WEST SIDE STORY wins the Grammy Award

The Grammy Awards were presented last night and West Side Story, the classic Broadway musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, took home the awards for “Best Musical Show Album”, winning over Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hair, 9 to 5 … Continue reading

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Sondheim and Rich at BARNES AND NOBLE

Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich met yesterday at Barnes & Noble to hold a discussion session that was open to the public. Here are a few gems gleaned from that discussion. On talking to Ingmar Bergman about A Little Night … Continue reading

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WEST SIDE STORY at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

This was definitely my favourite performance from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Yes, we’ve seen “America” countless times before and, sure, it would have been great to see a number like “Cool” instead. But putting that point to one side, … Continue reading

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WEST SIDE STORY Interview with Carol Lawrence

There’s an interview with West Side Story‘s original Maria, Carol Lawrence, over at the Examiner. The West Side Story related questions, posed by interviewer Steven Slatten, follow: How did you end up playing the role of Maria? “I came to … Continue reading

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