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One Last Time, Arthur Laurents Speaks Out

One Last Time, Arthur Laurents Speaks Out

On a crisp, sunny March afternoon, Arthur Laurents welcomed me into his handsome townhouse in Greenwich Village, his home for 51 years, which he had filled with tasteful furnishings, antiques and fine artwork.

He agreed to the in-person interview to talk about the touring production of his Broadway revival of "West Side Story," which opens Tuesday, May 24, at Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

The show hardly needed promoting, but I jumped at the chance to talk to the writer-director who at 93 was a theatrical legend, for his scripts for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" and his direction of their acclaimed revivals.

He was also the...