'Gypsy' creator says theater lives forever

March 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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HARTFORD, Conn., March 20 (UPI) -- The creator of the Broadway classic "Gypsy" said he backed out of a film project featuring Barbra Streisand for philosophical reasons.

Arthur Laurents, 93, caused a stir in theater circles by changing his mind about the film version of "Gypsy," but he said in a recent interview that he realized the beauty of plays is that they are not set in stone as movies are.

"So I don't want it now," Laurent said in an interview with Hartford (Conn.) Courant blogger Frank Rizzo. "I don't want a definitive record. I want it to stay alive."

The Hollywood Reporter said Saturday that Laurents wrote "Gypsy" in 1959 and directed three revivals. He had given Warner Bros. permission to create a film version with Streisand penciled in as Mama Rose and Joel Silver as producer.

Laurents said composer Stephen Sondheim that the "ephemeral" nature of the theater meant "you can have different productions and different Roses on into infinity."

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