Gypsy plays final performance on Broadway
The award winning, critically acclaimed revival of Gypsy plays its final performance on 11 Jan 2009. The show played 27 previews and 332 regular performances.
It was originally announced on 13 Nov 2008 that the musical would end its run on 1 Mar 2009, at the conclusion of Tony Award winner Patti LuPone's scheduled engagement. But on 14 Dec 2008 the producers reported that the show would close earlier, "due to these uncertain financial times."
Directed by Arthur Laurents - author of the musical -, Gypsy opened at the St James Theatre on 27 Mar 2008, following previews from 3 Mar 2008.
The musical opened to excellent reviews: "This new revival of "Gypsy" is by far the best yet." (New York Theatre Guide); "Wallop-packing revival.ï¿½ (New York Times); "The stuff Broadway dreams are made of." (New York Daily News); "LuPone's electrifying portrayal lights up the theater like a mega-watt marquee." (Star-Ledger); "The joy doesn't stop until the final curtain comes down." (Associated Press) and "An incisively acted musical play with as much emotional resonance as showbiz pizzazz. (Variety).
Gypsy was awarded three 2008 Tony Awards, one for each of the show's three stars: Patti LuPone (Leading Actress in a Musical), Laura Benanti (Best Featured Actress) and Boyd Gaines (Best Featured Actor).
The production was nominated for seven Tony Awards in total, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Arthur Laurents), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Martin Pakledinaz) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier).
As well as the show's three stars: Patti LuPone as 'Rose,' Boyd Gaines as 'Herbie' and Laura Benanti as 'Louise,' the musical also features Leigh Ann Larkin as 'Dainty June', Tony Yazbeck as 'Tulsa', Marilyn Caskey as 'Electra', Alison Fraser as 'Tessie', and Lenora Nemetz as 'Mazeppa', with Bill Bateman as 'Mr. Goldstone', Jim Bracchitta as 'Uncle Jocko', Sami Gayle as 'Baby June', Bill Raymond as 'Pop', Brian Reddy as 'Weber' and Emma Rowley as 'Baby Louise'.
Gypsy, score by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, tells the story of Mama Rose (LuPone), an overbearing stage mother who is determined to break into the big time by pushing the vaudeville career of her younger daughter June (Sami Gayle). However, unwilling to tolerate her mother's manipulations, June elopes with a dancer.
Rose then turns all of her attention on her older and less talented daughter Louise (Benanti). Eventually Rose's dreams come to fruition when she successfully transforms Louise into a famous burlesque stripper known as Gypsy Rose Lee, but her daughter's success does not bring Mama Rose the happiness see seeks.
The production, helmed by Arthur Laurents, features choreography by Bonnie Walker (reproducing Jerome Robbins' original choreography).
The creative team features James Youmans (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Howell Binkley (lighting) and Gregory Clarke (sound).
Gypsy is produced on Broadway by Roger Berlind, The Routh - Frankel - Barucho Viertel Group, Roy Furman, Debra Black, Ted Hartley, Roger Horchow, David Ian, Scott Rudin and Jack Viertel.
The new production of Gypsy was based on the critically acclaimed New York City Center Encores! Summer Stars production which enjoyed a triumphant three week run in July of 2007.
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