Composer Richard Rodgers, at the piano, his new collaborator, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, right, and playwright Arthur Laurents are shown as they begin work on the new musical "Do I Hear a Waltz?" in New York, in 1964. (AP)

Arthur Laurents, the playwright, screenwriter and director died Thursday at the age of 93 in Manhattan. He is perhaps best known for “West Side Story” and “Gypsy,” but he also wrote the screenplay for “Rope,” and “The Way We Were.”

From the Robert Berkvist in the New York Times:

Mr. Laurents once described writers as “the chosen people” and said he was happiest when sitting alone and putting his “daydreams and fantasies down on paper.”

Here are a couple of those fantasies come gloriously to life: