Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rest in Peace, Arthur Laurents

No matter what you might have thought of him personally, we've lost one of the great giants of drama this week. At his best, he really was a master craftsman. Everyone blames the book of a musical. The book is the hardest. Everyone knows that. Yet, if there is a perfect book of a musical, it's probably Gypsy. 

There's no telling what kinds of stories will come out about the man, now that people in the biz no longer fear his retribution, but before all the mud may or may not start to fly, I want to take a moment to give respect to the irreplaceable Arthur Laurents. When you're a shark, you're a shark all the way. 

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