Bernadette Peters steps into the limelight as "Mamma Rose" in this revival of the 1959 Styne/Sondheim/Laurents musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.
Closing Date at the Shubert Theatre: May 30, 2004
Set in the days of vaudeville, the show tells the story of a mother and her two daughters in a traveling act. One night the act was booked into a burlesque house by mistake, and Gypsy Rose Lee was born. (There's no nudity in the show.)
One of the great old shows of Broadway, this revival features one of the great Broadway actresses of recent decades in Ms. Peters. But such a pedigree doesn’t always bring automatic success. Before opening, the production was dogged with rumors of substandard staging and dull design. On opening night, though, at least according to the Times, Ms. Peters put the show on her shoulders and pulled out a hit.