Friday, 6 May 2011

Let me entertain you

RIP another hero...

From the BBC:
Arthur Laurents, writer of such classic stage musicals as West Side Story and Gypsy, has died in New York aged 93.

The director and screenwriter died at his Manhattan home from complications of pneumonia, his agent said.

Born in Brooklyn, the attorney's son began in radio and wrote military training films during World War II.

His screen credits include the Alfred Hitchcock film Rope, Barbra Streisand romance The Way We Were and 1977 ballet drama The Turning Point.

Laurents won a Tony award in 1968 as author of the book for the musical Hallelujah, Baby!, and another, in 1984, for directing La Cage aux Folles.

He remains best known for writing the books for West Side Story and Gypsy, hit Broadway shows that were later turned into movies.
Over at Dolores Delargo Towers Museum of Camp today, there is more on Mr Laurents - read my blog.

As a little tribute to a great man, here are three of Broadway's greats performing Let Me Entertain You from Gypsy - Miss Ann Reinking, Miss Donna McKechnie and Miss Chita Rivera!

Read the BBC article

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