Playwright Arthur Laurents (center) is shown with collaborators Richard Rodgers (seated) and Stephen Sondheim as they begin work on the new musical Do I Hear a Waltz? in New York City in December 1964. Laurents died on Thursday at age 93.

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May 6, 2011

Playwright Arthur Laurents, best known for writing the books for the landmark Broadway musicals Gypsy and West Side Story, died Thursday at age 93.

Laurents started his career in radio and later wrote Hollywood film scripts. But his big career break came on the Broadway stage in the late 1950s, when both Gypsy and West Side Storypremiered. Laurents wrote the script for both musicals and later directed two revivals ofGypsy, with Angela Lansbury and Tyne Daly in the title role.

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