From Reidel's column today:
AT City Center last week, Harvey Fierstein, on a break from rehearsing "Broadway Bares," snuck into a nearby studio to watch Arthur Laurents rehearse Patti LuPone as Mama Rose in "Gypsy." (The revival will play City Center for three weeks next month.)
While Laurents was demonstrating a bit of stage business, Fierstein slipped into the director's chair. When Laurents turned round, Fierstein asked, "Can you see an older woman in the role?"
Not missing a beat, the 88-year-old Laurents replied: "Some people never give up. Leave your picture and résumé at the door."