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Gypsy

Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS
Music by JULE STYNE
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM

First opened April 13, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for previews.
Opened May 21, 1959 at the Broadway Theatre, New York.

Plot Synopsis

Rose Louise Hovick always dreamed of being a star but never got to realize that dream. Once her talented daughters were old enough to make the rounds and strut their stuff, she was going to make sure they became stars, or else! Gypsy tells the story of a mother's dream that, because of a compelling addiction for fame, becomes a virtual nightmare for her children.

Rose, the quintessential, ruthless, stage mother, dreams day and night of her daughters' stardom. After years of unrelenting rehearsals and endless auditions, Momma finally gets them booked on the vaudeville circuit.

The youngest, Baby June, is the star of the act while her sister, Louise, pales in comparison and bides her time in the "chorus line." There's always a new act (conceived, written and directed by Momma) with "Baby" or "Dainty" June front and centre while Louise ends up in the shadows playing one of the boys or disguised as the front end of a cow. As far as Momma is concerned, the act only needs one star and that's June.

Rose's dream of a "Broadway Marquee" takes her, her dog, her agent Herbie and her various acts half way around the United States and back again. As the girls get older, they soon tire of their mother's controlling ways and wish she would finally settle down and get married. Herbie proposes but Rose puts him off. June leaves the act and elopes with the star male dancer, Tulsa.

That worrying sense of doom, that feeling that the dream of stardom may never be realized compels Momma to focus all her energy on making Louise into a star. When Rose finally admits that there is no vaudeville left, except for burlesque, she swallows her pride and settles for daughter Louise's name in lights on the marquee of Minsky's House of Burlesque.

No-talent little Louise soon finds her niche and shoots to stardom as a "lady-like" stripper. She becomes world famous as the greatest "strip-teaser" of all time, Miss Gypsy Rose Lee.

 

Cast of Characters

Uncle Jocko
George
Arnold (and his guitar)
Balloon Girl
Baby Louise
Baby June
Rose
Pop
Newsboys
Weber
Herbie
Louise
June
Tulsa
Yonkers
Angie
L.A.
Kringelein
Mr. Goldstone
Farmboys
Miss Cratchitt
Agnes
Marjorie May
Delores
Thelma
Edna
Gail
Pastey
Tessie Tura
Mazeppa
Electra
Show Girls
Maid
Phil
Bougeron-Cochon
Cow

 

Songs from the Show

ACT ONE ACT TWO
Overture  Entr'acte
May We Entertain You  Madame Rose's Toreadorables
Some People  Together, Wherever We Go
Small World  You Gotta Get a Gimmick
Extra!/Let Me Entertain You/Military Routine  Small World (Reprise)
Mr. Goldstone  Let Me Entertain You
Little Lamb  Rose's Turn
You'll Never Get Away From Me  
Farm Sequence  
If Momma Was Married  
All I Need Is The Girl  
Everything's Coming Up Roses  

 


 

1998-1999 Production

Presented March 5-13, 1999 at Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean, Ontario

 

Production Team

Artistic Director Michael Gareau
Musical Director John McGovern
Choreographer/Assistant Director Lynne Fleury
Executive Producer/Stage Manager Elaine McCausland
Production Coordinator Joyce Landry
Production Assistant Penny Koch
Apprentice Musical Director/Accompanist Paul Legault
Apprentice Choreographer Tanya Chang
Assistant Stage Manager Don Lapierre, Jason McCoy
Set Designer Margaret Coderre-Williams
Scenic Artist Jeanie Stewart
Costume Designer Brenda Schroh
Assistant Costumer Designer Janice MacKenzie
Wardrobe Mistress Helene Rivest
Properties Designer Christine DeWitt
Sound Designer Derek Hilton
Lighting Designer David Magladry
Make-up & Hair Designer Susan Dacey
Master Carpenter Peter Wilson
Assistant Master Carpenter Douglas Galway
Accompanist Cheryl Jarvis Woods
Dance Captain Shaun Toohey

Cast

Laredo/Bougeron-Cochon Daniel Bertrand
Electra/Stage Mother/Dream Cow/Diner Nancy Blais
Dolores/Stripper Amanda Bowen
Mazeppa/Stage Mother/Hotel Guest Suzanne Castanza
Louise Lisa Chisholm
Pop/Burlesque Announcer Walt Conrad
Agnes Roxane Delisle
Joe/Chauffeur/Newsstand Owner/Hotel Guest/Diner/Santa Patrick Donahue
Weber/Burlesque Announcer Lawrence Evenchick
Clarence and his Clarinet Gary Fine
Placard Girl Anemone Fritzen
Miss Cratchitt/Renee/Stage Mother Jane Gale
Boston/Willie/Georgie Andrew Galligan
Mr. Goldstone/Santa Tim Hillock
L.A./Phil/Waiter Robert Hoag
Tessie Tura/Stage Mother/Hotel Guest Val Keenleyside
Geraldine/Stripper/Cow's Butt Minna Koch
Marjorie May/Audition Secretary Magda Koszegi
Herbie Sweeney MacArthur
Baby June Alexandra MacKenzie
Baby Louise Marielle McGovern
Rose Lesley Osborn
Tulsa/Burlesque Announcer Marc Ouimet
Angie Jonathan Patterson
Cigar/Uncle Jocko Jim Robertson
Edna Christina Saffioti
Thelma Sarah Shropshire
Kiddie Show Hopeful Sam Smallwood
Kringelein Steve Smallwood
Yonkers/Pastey Shaun Toohey
Kiddie Show Hopeful Joshua Walker
Balloon Girl/Diner Kayla Walker
Dainty June Nicole Williams
Chowsie Jax
Little Lamb Murphy

Orchestra

Under the direction of John McGovern

Violins Brigitte Amyot, Nancy Eadie, Ioan Harea
Viola Kevin James
Cello Steve Smith
Bass Sol Gunner
Flute/Piccolo/Alto Sax/Clarinet Mike Scorah
Alto Sax/Clarinet Dave Renaud
Tenor Sax/Clarinet Blenis Pennell
Oboe/English Horn/Clarinet Angela Casagrande
Trumpet John Harrison, Carmelo Scaffidi
French Horn Keith Estabrooks
Trombone Drummond Hudson, Marlene Hudson
Drums Don Johnson
Percussion Art Beers

 

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