Gypsy the Musical.com is a website concerning the 1959 Broadway musical ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’ which features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The show is loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, although the main focus of the musical is on Rose, the archetypal show-business mother who raises Lee (Louise) and her sister June as they travel around America with their vaudeville act.
Gypsy is considered by many to be the greatest American musical, and the role of Mama Rose is often called the ‘King Lear’ of the musical theatre canon. The show has appeared on Broadway no less than 5 times and continues to be produced by regional theatre companies around the whole of the USA. A UK production has not been seen in London’s West End since 1973, but talks of a 2014 production starring Imelda Staunton in the lead role have been ongoing for the past few years.
The musical features songs that have since become show standards, and was famous for helping to launch the career of lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who went on to write complete musical scores of his own. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Some People”, “Let Me Entertain You” and of course “Rose’s Turn” are all highlights of any production. Arthur Laurents wrote the book of the musical, and it is widely considered to be one of the classic examples of a traditional ‘book musical’ which became popular during the middle of the 20th Century.
This website provides information about the musical, including the various productions that have played on Broadway and in the West End. It also includes information on the film adaptations, as well as details of the upcoming film adaptation.