Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents
Gypsy is loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist. The show focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee's sister, the actress June Havoc.
The musical contains songs include: Everything's Coming Up Roses, Together (Wherever We Go), Small World, Some People, Let Me Entertain You, All I Need is the Girl, and Rose's Turn. It is frequently considered on of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century's conventional musical theater art form.
Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers.