GYPSY, a musical fable
Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee
Originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Gypsy is widely regarded as the greatest musical ever written. Mama Rose has been played by a who’s who of Broadway stars: Ethel Merman, Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters & Patti LuPone. Join Rose as she traipses her daughters, June and Louise, across the United States during the 1920′s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. As child-star June grows tired of her mother’s influence, Rose pushes the less-talented, over-looked Louise into performing. Little does Rose know, though, that somewhere within Louise, a star named Gypsy Rose Lee is waiting to get out. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include a parade of hits like Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You’ll Never Get Away from Me, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get A Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go.