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Applause Books to Release THE REST OF THE STORY By Arthur Laurents This September

The Rest of the Story

A Life Completed

by Arthur Laurents

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Best known for the hit musicals West Side Story and Gypsy, Arthur Laurents began his career writing socially minded plays such as Home of the Brave and Time of the Cuckoo. He also garnered impressive credits as a screenwriter (The Way We Were) and stage director (La Cage aux Folles).  Such a varied a professional life made for absorbing reading, as unleashed in his lively 2000 autobiography, Original Story By.

{module ad_left_body}Laurents died early in 2011, but not before writing The Rest of the Story (Applause Books, September 2012, $24.99), in which he reveals all that happened in his life since Original Story By. The Rest of the Story is filled with the wisdom Laurents gained in growing older and a new perspective brought on by his experience of deep person loss, including the death of his longtime companion, Tom Hatcher.
Laurents’s style remains engrossing and brutally honest, his voice still highly intelligent, loving, generous, and gracious.  He remained committed to his artistic vision to the very end, as captured in the epilogue, which he completed only days before his death.  The book ends with a loving and insightful coda by Laurents’s good friend and editor of this book, award-winning director David Saint.
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            Arthur Laurents was a playwright, screenwriter, and director who wrote two of Braodway’s landmark shows, Gypsy and West Side Story, and created one of Hollywood’s most well known romances, The Way We Were.  His first autobiography, Original Story By, was published in 2001.  Laurents died in 2011 at age 93.

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To request an electronic galley or to request a finished copy of The Rest of the Story when it is published in September, please contact Wes Seeley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 September 2012         $24.99          Hardcover       978-1-55783-828-5
216pages       6” x 9”     Illustrated throughout
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard