Original Story by: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 436 pages
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(Applause Books). Here is the original story of a true original, the celebrated and internationally renowned director, playwright and screenwriter Arthur Laurents, whose creative genius continues to energize American stage and screen today. Say his name, and images of West Side Story , Gypsy, Anastasia, The Turning Point , and The Way We Were appear. Laurents' highly praised memoir is a dazzling portrait of his life as he recounts the great moments, the trials and the joys of his incredible career. He takes us into his world, peopled with the creative artists, directors, actors and personalities who came of age in the theatre and in Hollywood after WWII. Later, back in New York, he writes about jump-starting Barbra Streisand's career by casting her in I Can Get It for You Wholesale . He writes about the creation of Gypsy with Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. And he writes about coming together in a complex, fraught collaboration with his three old pals, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim for West Side Story . Throughout, Laurents is funny, fierce, and frank a life recounted as richly as it was lived. "This is a historic work. A 'must' for show biz mavens." LIZ SMITH, Newsday & Syndicated
 

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ORIGINAL STORY BY: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood

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A veteran of stage and screen tells all in this sometimes enjoyable but often exasperating autobiography. A distinguished director, playwright, and screenwriter, Laurents's many credits include stage ... Read full review

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Laurents, the author of plays and films that are household names (e.g., Gypsy, West Side Story, and The Turning Point), takes us from his Flatbush childhood to the world of the theater and film ... Read full review

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Contents

Beginnings
3
Hollywood University
64
Master Class
156
Change of Direction
220
The Hunting Season
249
Informing Revisited
300
The Moon Comes Out
325
Index
421
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