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Barbra Streisand Remembers Broadway Director/Writer Arthur Laurents

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Barbra Streisand was very close to Broadway writer and director Arthur Laurents.

The two worked on The Way We Were and she was going to collaborate with him again on the new film version of Gypsy.

This is what she has to say about her memories with Laurents:

"Arthur and I go way back to I Can Get It For You Wholesale in 1962. Then we did The Way We Were in 1973 and we were about to do Gypsy together. He created people you care about because he cared about people. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and he sounded so strong, as always. He was lucky to have lived a full and creative life up til the very end. I’ll miss working with him again."

So touching. We're sure it was very hard for her to hear about his passing.

His work of art will always be remembered.

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Legendary Writer/Broadway Director Arthur Laurents Dies At 93

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Sad.

Broadway writer and director Arthur Laurents has passed away at age 93.

Laurents wrote the two Broadway hits West Side Story and Gypsy and directed the Tony award-winning play La Cage aux Folles.

He was also known for writing the screenplays to Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and the classic romance, The Way We Were.

He was even involved in the new Universal version of Gypsy.

Laurents died in his sleep.

So sad. He was quite the legend.

He will be greatly missed.

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Sorry Barbra! Gypsy Movie Called Off

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NOOOO!!

The film adaptation of the Broadway musical Gypsy has been scrapped.

The film was to star Barbra Streisand in the role of Mama Rose.

Director Arthur Laurents was convinced that Barbra would be great, however, co-creator Stephen Sondheim had decided against the project.

Sad face.

Laurents said:

"'He said 'What is the point of it? You want a record because the theater is ephemeral. You don't need a record. The fact that it's ephemeral means you can have different productions, different Roses on to infinity.'

So I don't want it now. I don't want a definitive record, I want it to stay alive."

He added:

"I think [Barbra Streisand] is disappointed, she wanted very much to do it. That would have been a good exit for her career."

Barbra would have GREAT and we would have loved to have seen the film adaptation with her in it, but we definitely think she has many more years before her career is over!

With Barbra's magic touch, the movie would have been gold. Oh well.

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Confirmed! Barbra In "Serious" Talks With Sondheim & Laurents To Star In Gypsy!

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Here she is, boys! Here she is, world! Here's Rose Barbra!

Sources are confirming that Barbra Streisand is in serious talks to star in a movie remake of the classic musical, Gypsy!

Ooh! We got all tingling writing that!

According to an interview with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, the men behind Mama Rose an the Gypsy story, Babs has already sat down with them to discuss the film project in depth. Though previous reports indicated that Barbra may also be stepping behind the lens to act as director, Mr. Laurents, the author of the show's book, explains that isn't happening. He explains that she once want to, but decided " playing Rose is enough to make her happy.”

So far,Warner Brothers and Joel Silver are attached as producers and Mr. Laurents reveals that he and Barbra have started to discuss casting. Their choice to play Herbie, Rose’s love interest and the talent manager of her two daughters? Tom Hanks!

Wouldn't that be an interesting pairing!

Though the original 1962 flick has a rather devoted following (and equally devoted group of haters), Mr. Laurents says he is "pleased" that there is a "different film version for the historical record” in the making.

There are no words to express how pleased we are, as well. Hearing this makes us think everything's bright lights and lollipops!

Please, please, PLEASE get started on this right away!

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