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Overview


Synopsis

Speculated by many (including NY Times critic Ben Brantley) to be the greatest of all American musicals, Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. The memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” The musical features songs that have become standards of the musical theatre canon, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”. Gypsy is famous for helping launch lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s career, and features a book by Arthur Laurents that is widely considered to be one of the classic examples of a traditional “book musical.” At the heart of the musical is the gregarious Rose, whose journey made critic Frank Rich call Gypsy, “Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.”


Characters

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Female

Supporting

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Music:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1959
Genres
Historical/Biographical
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
american, the early 1920s - the late 1930s
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
professional theatre, community theatre, university theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, child, early teen, late teen, young adult, mature adult characters

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