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Laurents, Arthur

Arthur Laurents (b. July 14, 1918) is the author of Home of the Brave, Time of the Cuckoo, A Clearing in the Woods, Invitation to a March, The Enclave Scream, Jolson Sings Again and The Radical Mystique. His musicals include WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, HALLELUJAH, BABY!, MY GOOD NAME, 2 LIVES and NICK & NORA. Among his screenplays are The Snake Pit, Rope, Caught, Anastasia, Bonjour Tristesse, The Way We Were, and The Turning Point. He has also directed plays and musicals for the theatre, among them I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE, GYPSY, (with both Angela Lansbury and Tyne Daly), THE ENCLAVE, BIRDS OF PARADISE and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. He has been honored by many organizations: the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Writers Guild of America, the National Board of Review, the Drama Desk, the Golden Globes and the inevitable Tonys. He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council of the Dramatists Guild and the Broadway Initiative.

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      The birthday of Arthur Laurents, book writer for Do I Hear A Waltz?
      In 1965, DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - a collaboration between Richard Rodgers, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim - opened at 46th Street Theater (now the Richard Rodgers Theater) where it ran for 220 performances.