Running Since: March, 2008 The classic showbiz musical, directed by writer Arthur Laurents and starring Patti LuPone, returns to rave reviews. Closes 1/11/2009
The Broadway production of Gypsy closed January 11, 2009. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
The show is set in the 1920's, following a stage mother and her daughters on the vaudeville burlesque circuit - the songs are legendary, and include: Let Me Entertain You, If Momma Was Married, You Gotta Get A Gimmick, Everything's Coming Up Roses, and many more. Full plot here.
This production originated as a concert version at City Center in 2007, so it's more about the performances than the sets and costumes. Coming only a few years after another Broadway revival of the show, this production has been described by some as a last attempt by the original writers and creators of the show to get a solid, straightforward rendering on the boards and into theatrical memories.
Here's a clip from the show’s segment on the Tony Award broadcast:
2008 Tony Awards: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (LuPone), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Benanti), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Gaines). 2007-2008 Drama Desk Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Musical (LuPone), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Benanti), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Gaines). 2007-2008 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Actress in a Musical (LuPone), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Benanti).
Listen to the show's exciting overture and you can't help being elated. The joy doesn't stop until the final curtain comes down.
...director Arthur Laurents - the author of the show's book, who is nearing 90 - has given the musical a breadth of humanity that I've never seen in it before.
New York Daily News
...an electrifying leading lady and bangup supporting cast... making good on the show's implicit vow to entertain you and make you smile.
New York Magazine
...a skillful revival...
New York Post
...though this essentially modest production has the lingering scent of a summer stockpot, its virtues are such that few will care.
New York Times
A great Momma Rose is usually enough for a thoroughly compelling "Gypsy." But this one has so much more. (the book writer and director) and his cast have applied the same careful analysis to all the major characters. As a result we become newly sensitized to "Gypsy"...
...even at the show's blackest moments, the intensity of LuPone's electrifying portrayal lights up the theater like a mega-watt marquee.
(this) production... often seems committed to digging for ever more psychological clarity and urgency.
...blend(s) high-octane razzle-dazzle with a sort of hyper-naturalism.
...demonstrates the work's sturdiness by, at times, pushing so hard against it that a less sturdily built object would topple over.