Gypsy the Musical first appeared in 1959 on Broadway under the title ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’. The show features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and 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 musicals, 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 had not been seen in London’s West End since 1973! The West End revival of Gypsy marks the first showing of the widely celebrated musical in London in over 40 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.