It's a sad day on Broadway. Arthur Laurents, the playwright behind the iconic musicals 'West Side Story' and 'Gyspy,' has passed away. According to the New York Times, Laurent died Thursday from pneumonia complications at his Manhattan home. He was 93.

In addition to his theater work, Laurent's first novel, 'The Way We Were,' was published in 1972 and he wrote the screenplay for the romantic 1973 film starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. He also scripted 1977's 'The Turning Point,' earning a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.

After several less successful endeavors, his big break came in 1957 with 'West Side Story,' his new spin on the classic 'Romeo and Juliet' story. Laurents took his play to composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and together they created the unforgettable Broadway hit that later became a classic film starring Natalie Wood.
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