Gender
Male
Born
Jul 14, 1917
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died
May 05, 2011
New York, New York, USA
Director Performer Writer Creative Consultant Source Material
Relations
Godfather of
Adam Guettel
Partner of
Tom Hatcher ( -his death c. 2006)
Comments
Biography: Arthur Laurents was born Arthur Levine on July 14, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Cornell University.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Rope," "Caught," "Home of the Brave," "Anna Lucasta," "Summertime," "Anastasia," "Bonjour Tristesse," "West Side Story," "Gypsy," "Invitation to a March," "The Way We Were," and "The Turning Point." Television credits include: "ITV Play of the Week," "Startime," "Festival," and "ABC Stage 67."

Trivia:
The marquees of Broadway theatres were dimmed in his honor on May 6, 2011.
  • CREDITS
    West Side Story (Feb 20, 2020 - Present)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Prince of Broadway (Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017)
    • Book for "West Side Story" by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalRevueOriginal
    West Side Story (Mar 19, 2009 - Jan 02, 2011)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Gypsy (Mar 27, 2008 - Jan 11, 2009)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Gypsy (May 01, 2003 - May 30, 2004)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Nick & Nora (Dec 08, 1991 - Dec 15, 1991)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalOriginal
    Gypsy (Nov 16, 1989 - Jul 28, 1991)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990)
    • Additional text by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
    La Cage aux Folles (Aug 21, 1983 - Nov 15, 1987)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    West Side Story (Feb 14, 1980 - Nov 30, 1980)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    The Madwoman of Central Park West (Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Gypsy (Sep 23, 1974 - Jan 04, 1975)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Hallelujah, Baby! (Apr 26, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalOriginal
    Do I Hear a Waltz? (Mar 18, 1965 - Sep 25, 1965)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    • Based on the play "The Time of the Cuckoo" by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalOriginal
    West Side Story (Apr 08, 1964 - May 03, 1964)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Anyone Can Whistle (Apr 04, 1964 - Apr 11, 1964)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalOriginal
    I Can Get It for You Wholesale (Mar 22, 1962 - Dec 08, 1962)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Invitation to a March (Oct 29, 1960 - Feb 04, 1961)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Written by Arthur Laurents
    PlayComedyOriginal
    West Side Story (Apr 27, 1960 - Dec 10, 1960)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Gypsy (May 21, 1959 - Mar 25, 1961)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    West Side Story (Sep 26, 1957 - Jun 27, 1959)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    A Clearing in the Woods (Jan 10, 1957 - Feb 09, 1957)
    • Written by Arthur Laurents
    PlayOriginal
    The Time of the Cuckoo (Oct 15, 1952 - May 30, 1953)
    • Written by Arthur Laurents
    PlayComedyOriginal
    The Bird Cage (Feb 22, 1950 - Mar 11, 1950)
    • Written by Arthur Laurents
    PlayOriginal
    Home of the Brave (Dec 27, 1945 - Feb 23, 1946)
    • Written by Arthur Laurents
    PlayDramaOriginal
    West Side Story (Sep 30, 2010 - Jun 10, 2012)
    • Broadway Production Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    West Side Story (Sep 05, 1995 - Jun 15, 1997)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Oct 02, 1990 - Sep 08, 1991)
    • Additional text by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
    Gypsy (May 09, 1989 - Oct 22, 1989)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    West Side Story (Jul 28, 1987 - Sep 06, 1987)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    La Cage aux Folles (Jan 12, 1987 - Feb 06, 1988)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    West Side Story (Aug 31, 1985 - Sep 21, 1985)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    La Cage aux Folles (Dec 12, 1984 - Sep 20, 1986)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    La Cage aux Folles (May 29, 1984 - May 26, 1985)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Gypsy (Mar 22, 1974 - Sep 14, 1974)
    • Directed by Arthur Laurents
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Gypsy (Sep 14, 1961 - Dec 27, 1961)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Gypsy (Mar 29, 1961 - Dec 09, 1961)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    West Side Story (Jul 01, 1959 - Apr 23, 1960)
    • Book by Arthur Laurents
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Angela Lansbury - A Celebration (Nov 17, 1996 - Nov 17, 1996)
    • Written by Arthur Laurents
    • Creative Consultant: Arthur Laurents
    SpecialBenefitOriginal
    Jule's Friends at the Palace (May 19, 1974 - May 19, 1974)
    • Performer: Arthur Laurents [Opening Remarks, Introduction]
    SpecialBenefitOriginal
  • AWARDS

    Tony Award®

     

    Best Direction of a Musical

    2008 | Nominee  | Gypsy
    Directed by Arthur Laurents

    Best Direction of a Musical

    1984 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
    Directed by Arthur Laurents
     

    Best Direction of a Musical

    1975 | Nominee  | Gypsy
    Directed by Arthur Laurents

    Best Musical

    1968 | Winner  | Hallelujah, Baby!
    Book by Arthur Laurents
     

    Best Musical

    1960 | Nominee  | Gypsy
    Book by Arthur Laurents
     

    Best Musical

    1958 | Nominee  | West Side Story
    Book by Arthur Laurents

    Drama Desk Award

    Outstanding Director of a Musical

    1975 | Winner  | Gypsy
    Directed by Arthur Laurents
West Side Story (Feb 20, 2020 - Present)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Prince of Broadway (Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017)
  • Book for "West Side Story" by Arthur Laurents
MusicalRevueOriginal
West Side Story (Mar 19, 2009 - Jan 02, 2011)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Gypsy (Mar 27, 2008 - Jan 11, 2009)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Gypsy (May 01, 2003 - May 30, 2004)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Nick & Nora (Dec 08, 1991 - Dec 15, 1991)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalOriginal
Gypsy (Nov 16, 1989 - Jul 28, 1991)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990)
  • Additional text by Arthur Laurents
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
La Cage aux Folles (Aug 21, 1983 - Nov 15, 1987)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
MusicalComedyOriginal
West Side Story (Feb 14, 1980 - Nov 30, 1980)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
The Madwoman of Central Park West (Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalComedyOriginal
Gypsy (Sep 23, 1974 - Jan 04, 1975)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Hallelujah, Baby! (Apr 26, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalOriginal
Do I Hear a Waltz? (Mar 18, 1965 - Sep 25, 1965)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
  • Based on the play "The Time of the Cuckoo" by Arthur Laurents
MusicalOriginal
West Side Story (Apr 08, 1964 - May 03, 1964)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Anyone Can Whistle (Apr 04, 1964 - Apr 11, 1964)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalOriginal
I Can Get It for You Wholesale (Mar 22, 1962 - Dec 08, 1962)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
MusicalComedyOriginal
Invitation to a March (Oct 29, 1960 - Feb 04, 1961)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Written by Arthur Laurents
PlayComedyOriginal
West Side Story (Apr 27, 1960 - Dec 10, 1960)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Gypsy (May 21, 1959 - Mar 25, 1961)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaOriginal
West Side Story (Sep 26, 1957 - Jun 27, 1959)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaOriginal
A Clearing in the Woods (Jan 10, 1957 - Feb 09, 1957)
  • Written by Arthur Laurents
PlayOriginal
The Time of the Cuckoo (Oct 15, 1952 - May 30, 1953)
  • Written by Arthur Laurents
PlayComedyOriginal
The Bird Cage (Feb 22, 1950 - Mar 11, 1950)
  • Written by Arthur Laurents
PlayOriginal
Home of the Brave (Dec 27, 1945 - Feb 23, 1946)
  • Written by Arthur Laurents
PlayDramaOriginal
West Side Story (Sep 30, 2010 - Jun 10, 2012)
  • Broadway Production Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
West Side Story (Sep 05, 1995 - Jun 15, 1997)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Oct 02, 1990 - Sep 08, 1991)
  • Additional text by Arthur Laurents
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
Gypsy (May 09, 1989 - Oct 22, 1989)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
West Side Story (Jul 28, 1987 - Sep 06, 1987)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
La Cage aux Folles (Jan 12, 1987 - Feb 06, 1988)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
MusicalComedyOriginal
West Side Story (Aug 31, 1985 - Sep 21, 1985)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
La Cage aux Folles (Dec 12, 1984 - Sep 20, 1986)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
MusicalComedyOriginal
La Cage aux Folles (May 29, 1984 - May 26, 1985)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
MusicalComedyOriginal
Gypsy (Mar 22, 1974 - Sep 14, 1974)
  • Directed by Arthur Laurents
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaRevival
Gypsy (Sep 14, 1961 - Dec 27, 1961)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaOriginal
Gypsy (Mar 29, 1961 - Dec 09, 1961)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaOriginal
West Side Story (Jul 01, 1959 - Apr 23, 1960)
  • Book by Arthur Laurents
MusicalDramaOriginal
Angela Lansbury - A Celebration (Nov 17, 1996 - Nov 17, 1996)
  • Written by Arthur Laurents
  • Creative Consultant: Arthur Laurents
SpecialBenefitOriginal
Jule's Friends at the Palace (May 19, 1974 - May 19, 1974)
  • Performer: Arthur Laurents [Opening Remarks, Introduction]
SpecialBenefitOriginal

Tony Award®

 

Best Direction of a Musical

2008 | Nominee  | Gypsy
Directed by Arthur Laurents

Best Direction of a Musical

1984 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
Directed by Arthur Laurents
 

Best Direction of a Musical

1975 | Nominee  | Gypsy
Directed by Arthur Laurents

Best Musical

1968 | Winner  | Hallelujah, Baby!
Book by Arthur Laurents
 

Best Musical

1960 | Nominee  | Gypsy
Book by Arthur Laurents
 

Best Musical

1958 | Nominee  | West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Director of a Musical

1975 | Winner  | Gypsy
Directed by Arthur Laurents

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