The Story
Gypsy
Book
ARTHUR LAURENTS

Music
JULE STYNE

Lyrics
STEPHEN SONDHEIM
While the title suggest that this musical is about the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, it is really about her hard-driven, determined stage mother, Mama Rose. In the beginning, Rose concentrates on her talented younger daughter, June, leaving older, less talented Louise in the cold. When June tires of being cute and runs away, Rose turns to Louise instead. Louise eventually does become "Gypsy", and Rose is left by herself, her aspirations for her kids realized, but her own show-business aspirations still unrealized.

PHOTOS
2003 Broadway Revival
2008 Broadway Revival
2015 London Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Patti LuPone with Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti performing 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' at the 2008 Tony Awards.

MUSIC
Together Wherever We Go
Imelda Staunton, Peter Davison, & Lara Pulver
2015 London Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Gypsy, "a musical fable" suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, opens at a Seattle vaudeville house where "Baby June" and "Baby Louise" audition for a kiddy show singing and dancing Let Me Entertain You. Their mother, Rose Hovick, enters, calling "Sing out, Louise!", immediately establishing herself as the quintessential stage mother. In the next scene Rose sings Some People, and explains her determination to develop June's vaudeville career. Skeptical of Rose's motives, her aging father refuses to subsidize the scheme, whereupon Rose rips her father's solid gold plaque off the wall and hitchhikes to Los Angeles with the girls. There she meets Herbie, whom she entices to represent the girls' act. At the same time, she dangles the possibility of romance and marriage in their duet, Small World.

Through Herbie's efforts, Baby June and Her Newsboys becomes a top vaudeville act but, as the years pass, June and Louise mature, vaudeville wanes, and the troupe is found in "two plaster-cracked hotel rooms in Akron." Rose begins Louise's birthday celebration with a breakfast of reheated Chinese food. Herbie arrives with "Mr. Goldstone of the Orpheum Circuit," who offers a contract to save the day. A "forgotten Louise" sits with her present, a baby lamb, and sings Little Lamb ("I wonder how old I am.")

The next scene takes place in a Chinese restaurant in New York, where Rose and Herbie discuss the next day's audition at Grantzinger's Palace. Herbie begs rose to marry him and threatens, that if she does not, he may some day "walk." Rose sings You'll Never Get Away From Me and they end up dancing. Mr. Grantzinger does offer June a contract, but on the condition that "she go to school for a solid year and take acting lessons" and that Rose "stay away." rose, hearing this, storms out of his office. The girls, who dream of a normal life, sing If Momma Was Married, but to no avail. The troupe, infrequently employed and restless, continues to tour.

In a theater alley in Buffalo, Tulsa, one of the "Farmboys" in the act, tells Louise his dream of forming a dance team and performs the number All I Need Is the Girl. Louise dreams of being that girl, but is again disappointed. In the final scene of Act One, Louise brings Rose a goodbye note from June, who has herself run off with Tulsa. Rose is stunned. Herbie begs her to marry him and give up show business, and Louise urges her to accept Herbie's offer. Instead, Rose announces to a horrified Louise that she will make her a star, and then sings Everything's Coming Up Roses to conclude the act.


ACT TWO

Act Two opens with a rehearsal of "Madame Rose's Toreadorables," a transparent reworking of the Baby June show. Louise rips off the blonde wig that Rose has provided and announces, "Momma, I am not June." Rose tries to reassure her and, with Herbie, they sing Together, Wherever We Go. After a period of little work, Herbie finally gets the act - now "Rose Louise and Her Hollywood Blondes" - a two-week booking. To everyone's surprise, the venue turns out to be a burlesque house. When Rose discovers this, she is adamant that the troupe withdraw. But Louise emerges as the voice of practicality: "Momma, we're flat broke. We've got to take this job." Louise learns that you don't need talent to be a burlesque star when a trio of broken-down strippers sings You Gotta Have a Gimmick.

Rose has agreed to marry Herbie at the end of this engagement. She and Louise are packing to leave when the theater manager announces his star attraction has been arrested "for soliciting" in the drugstore next door. Rose immediately responds, "My daughter can do it." She begins to plan Louise's costume, music, etc. as Herbie, revolted, tells Rose he is leaving her forever. Rose pushes her frightened daughter onstage, where Louise shyly sings Let Me Entertain You and, before the audience's eyes, evolves into strip-teaser Gypsy Rose Lee.

The penultimate scene finds Rose with Gypsy in her star dressing room at Minsky's Burlesque in New York. Increasingly unneeded by her now "successful" daughter, Rose bristles at Gypsy's independence and reproaches. She exits the dressing room, slamming the door behind her. Alone on the darkened, empty stage she sings Rose's Turn. Gypsy enters from stage right where she has been watching and tells Rose, "You really would have been something, Mother." The reconcile. Rose tells Gypsy her latest dream and they exit.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Direction JONATHAN KENT
Choreography STEPHEN MEAR
Musical Director NICHOLAS SKILBECK
Production Design ANTHONY WARD
Lighting Design MARK HENDERSON
Sound Design PAUL GROOTHIUS
Cast
Mama Rose IMELDA STAUNTON
Herbie PETER DAVISON
Louise LARA PULVER
June GEMMA SUTTON
Tulsa DAN BURTON
Tessie Tura ANITA LOUISE COMBE
Mazeppa LOUISE GOLD
Electra JULIE LEGRAND
Creative
Producer ROGER BERLIND, THE R/F/B/V GROUP, ROY FURMAN, DEBRA BLACK, TED HARTLEY, ROGER HORCHOW, DAVID IAN, SCOTT RUDIN, JACK VIERTEL
Direction ARTHUR LAURENTS
Musical Staging JEROME ROBBINS & BONNIE WALKER
Orchestrations SID RAMIN
Scenic Design JAMES YOUMANS
Costume Design MARTIN PAKLEDINAZ
Lighting Design HOWELL BINKLEY
Sound Design DAN MOSES SCHREIER
Cast
Mama Rose PATTI LuPONE
Herbie BOYD GAINES
Louise LAURA BENANTI
June LEIGH ANN LARKIN
Tulsa TONY YAZBECK
Tessie Tura ALISON FRASER
Mazeppa LENORA NEMETZ
Electra MARILYN CASKEY
Creative
Producer ROBERT FOX, RON KASTNER, ROGER MARINO, MICHAEL WATT, HARVEY WEINSTEIN, WWLC
Direction SAM MENDES
Choreography JEROME ROBBINS
Additional Choreography JERRY MITCHELL
Orchestrations SID RAMIN
Musical Director MARVIN LAIRD
Scenic Design ANTHONY WARD
Costume Design ANTHONY WARD
Lighting Design JULES FISHER
Sound Design ACME SOUND PARTNERS
Cast
Mama Rose BERNADETTE PETERS
Herbie JOHN DOSSETT
Louise TAMMY BLANCHARD
June KATE REINDERS
Tulsa DAVID BURTKA
Tessie Tura HEATHER LEE
Mazeppa KATE BUDDEKE
Electra JULIE HALSTON
Creative
Producer BARRY & FRAN WEISSLER, KATHY LEVIN, BARRY BROWN
Direction ARTHUR LAURENTS
Choreography BONNIE WALKER
Orchestrations SID RAMIN
Musical Director ERIC STERN
Scenic Design KENNETH FOY
Costume Design THEONI V. ALDREDGE
Lighting Design NATASHA KATZ
Sound Design PETER FITZGERALD
Cast
Mama Rose TYNE DALY
Herbie JONATHAN HADARY
Louise CRISTA MOORE
June TRACY VENNER
Tulsa ROBERT LAMBERT
Tessie Tura BARBARA ERWIN
Mazeppa JANA ROBBINS
Electra ANNA McNEELY
Creative
Producer BARRY M. BROWN, EDGAR LANSBURY, FRITZ HOLT, JOSEPH BERUH
Direction ARTHUR LAURENTS
Choreography ROBERT TUCKER
Orchestrations SID RAMIN
Musical Director MILTON ROSENSTOCK
Scenic Design ROBERT RANDOLPH
Costume Design RAOUL PENE DU BOIS
Lighting Design ROBERT RANDOLPH
Cast
Mama Rose ANGELA LANSBURY
Herbie REX ROBBINS
Louise ZAN CHARISSE
June MAUREEN MOORE
Tulsa JOHN SHERIDAN
Tessie Tura MARY LOUISE WILSONR
Mazeppa GLORIA ROSSI
Electra SALLY COOKE
Creative
Producer DAVID MERRICK, LELAND HAYWARD
Direction & Choreography JEROME ROBBINS
Orchestrations SID RAMIN
Musical Director MILTON ROSENSTOCK
Scenic Design JO MIELZINER
Costume Design RAOUL PENE DU BOIS
Lighting Design JO MIELZINER
Cast
Mama Rose ETHEL MERMAN
Herbie JACK KLUGMAN
Louise SANDRA CHURCH
June LANE BRADBURY
Tulsa PAUL WALLACE
Tessie Tura MARIA KARNILOVA
Mazeppa FAITH DANE
Electra CHOTZI FOLEY
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

May We Entertain You Baby June and Baby Louise
Some People Rose
Travelling Rose
Small World Rose and Herbie
Baby June and Her Newsboys Baby June, Baby Louise and The Newsboys
Mr. Goldstone, I Love You Rose and Ensemble
Little Lamb Louise
You'll Never Get Away From Me Rose and Herbie
Dainty June and Her Farmboys Dainty June, Louise and Farmboys
If Momma Was Married Louise and June
All I Need Is the Girl Tulsa and Louise
Everything's Coming Up Roses Rose


ACT TWO

Madame Rose's Toreadorables Louise and The Hollywood Blondes
Together, Wherever We Go Rose, Louise and Herbie
You Gotta Get a GimmickTessie Tura, Mazeppa and Electra
Small World (Reprise) Rose
Let Me Entertain You Louise and Company
Rose's Turn Rose

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SIGHTS & SOUNDS

2003 Broadway Production
2008 Broadway Production
2015 London Production
Artworks/ Posters

Patti LuPone with Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti performing 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' at the 2008 Tony Awards.
Bernadette Peters of the 2003 Broadway revival performs the showstopping 'Rose's Turn' at the Tony Awards.

You'll Never Get Away From Me Ethel Merman & Jack Klugman Original Broadway Cast Recording
Mr. Goldstone Angela Lansbury, Company Original London Cast Recording
Some People Tyne Daly 1989 Broadway Cast Recording
Rose's Turn Bernadette Peters 2003 Broadway Cast Recording
Everything's Coming Up Roses Patti LuPone 2008 Broadway Cast Recording
Together Wherever We Go Imelda Staunton, Peter Davison, & Lara Pulver 2015 London Cast Recording
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