Gypsy is a 1959 musical loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and 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 many songs that became popular standards, including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Together (wherever We go”), “Small World”, “Some People”, “Let Me Entertain You”, “All I Need Is the Girl”, and “Roses Turn”. It is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century’s conventional musical theatre art form, often called the “book musical”.
Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, among them Ben Brantley (“what may be the greatest of all American musicals…”) and Frank Rich. Rich wrote that ” Gypsy is nothing if not Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to ‘King Lear.'” Theater critic Clive Barnes wrote that ” ‘Gypsy’ is one of the best of musicals…” and described the character of Rose as “one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical..
Mama Rose…Dana Stromberger
Gypsy (Grown Louise)…Lillian Tucker
Baby Louise…Lillian Overbeck
June (Grown June)…Kyla Colon
Baby June…Melody Loucks
Tessie Tura…Meg Trebon
Mrs. Cractchett…Janet Mehus
Uncle Jocko…Neil Johnson
Mr. Goldstone…Rob Brooks
Marjory Mae…Onawa LeGros
Balloon Girl…Alexis Lindsay
The musical Gypsy is presented by the Methow Valley Theater.
DATES: Fri-Sat, Mar 20-21, Thurs-Sat, Mar 26-28, 7pm; Sunday matinees, Mar 22 & 29, 3pm COST: $12, $40/family of 4. LOCATION: Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. 509.429.0454