Gypsy

GYPSY

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
(Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee)
Produced for the Broadway Stage by
DAVID MERRICK AND LELAND HAYWARD
GYPSY is presented with permission granted by:
TAMS-WHITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, Inc.
560 Lexington Avenue
New York. NY 10022

Direction and
Choreography
Brian Williamson
Musical Direction
Ryan Skiles
Scenic Designer and Lighting Designer
Laurencio Carlos Ruiz
Costume Designer
Laura Kaplan
Technical Director
Alfred Gehn
Stage Manager
Jerry Henry
Apprentice Coordinator
Elaine Meder-Wilgus

                                                           ABOUT THE PLAY
The story goes that Ethel Merman, the star of Gypsy, nixed Stephen
Sondheim as composer. Mama Rose was to be her most challenging role (no
sweet Charity or singing nun here) and, as it turns out, her greatest one and
she did not want a neophyte composer. So Broadway veteran Jute Styne
stepped in and Sondheim stayed on as lyricist. It is tempting to think what a
Sondheim Gypsy would sound like-think Follies-but Styne’s score is one
of Broadway’s treasures. There is no weak number: from the simple “Little
Lamb” to the show-off “All I Need Is the Girl” to the characterizing “Some
People” to the raucous “You Gotta Get a Gimmick”, sung by a trio of “has-been”
strippers to the show stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, each
and every song is a winner. Consider Gypsy’s opening and closing numbers. When we first hear “Let Me Entertain You”, it is a simple melody with simple words, appropriate for the
children who sing it. But as Gypsy’s strip number, the melodic line is drawn
out and sinuous, and the simple lyrics become very suggestive. “Rose’s
Turn” makes use of bits and pieces from other songs in the score us well as
the show’s running motif, “I Had a Dream”. It is now Rose’s turn to
perform. Given the chance, she could have been a bigger star than either Baby June or Gypsy Rose Lee. But the driving music and lyrics reveals that
this domineering woman, who pushes off all who would love her, is an
insecure woman who wants to be noticed.


Richard B. Gidez

Performed June 22-25, 28-30, July 1-2,  5-9, 2005

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
(In order or appearance)

Uncle Jacko……………………………………. Charlie Wilson
Georgie…………………………………………. Ethan Gwynn
Balloon Girl…………………………………… Miranda Auhl
Janice……………………………………………..Janice Rabian
Sarah……………………………………………. Zoe Sophia Mauner
Renee…………………………………………… Meredith Tillotson
Baby Lousie…………………………………….Ashley Lope
Baby June………………………………………. Suzie Shoffner
Rose………………………………………………. Janet Donahue
Chowsie…………………………………………. Rocco Petey
Poppa……………………………………………. George Baumer
Newsboys……….. Chris Barksdale, Luke Edmondson, Ben Moser, Evan  Sarnow, Tristan Wilson

Weber…………………………………………… Jack Holtz
Herbie………………………………………….. Mark Comly
Louise………………………………………….. Regina M. Brannen
June…………………………………………….. Kelsey Lope
Tulsa……………………………………………. Mike Hill
Yonkers………………………………………… Lance Baird
Angie……………………………………………. Ben Thomas
L.A……………………………………………….. Will Mills
Detroit……………………………………………Ionathan Bojan
Kringelain…………………………………….. Charles Wilson
Gladys……………………………………………. Jane Auhl
Mr. Goldstone………………………………… George Baumer
Farm Boys………………………………………. Lance Baird, Jonathan Bojan, Ethan  Gwynn, Mike Hill, Will Mills, Ben Thomas
Waitresses………………………………………. Jane Auhl, Leah Mueller
Miss Cratchitt…………………………………. Courtney Kaufman
Cow……………………………………………….. Regina M. Brannen, Leah Mueller
Hollywood Blondes

Agnes………………………………………..Gcnavieve Shingle
Marjorie May……………………………. Maggie Lee
Dolores…………………………………….. Courtney Kaufman
Thelme…………………………………….. Courtney Lope
Edna………………………………………… Katie Martin
Gail………………………………………….. Leah Mueller
Betty Lou………………………………….. Amberlee Weber

Pastey……………………………………………… George Baumer

Tessie Tura………………………………………. Robin Wachsbergcr
Mazeppa………………………………………….. Liza Poor
Electra……………………………………………… Jennifer Williams
Cigar…………………………………………………Charlie Wilson
Renee………………………………………………..Jane Auhl
Phil………………………………………………… .Lance Baird
Bourgeron-Cochon……………………………. Jack Holtz