Time Out Chicago announces that Chicago Shakespeare Theater will produce that American musical comedy classic, Gypsy, along with Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show, a show that got one of its many starts at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre under the name Bounce. Both shows will be directed by Gary Griffin, who’s had back-to-back success with Sondheim at Shakes… Read More Chicago Shakes to stage ‘Road Show’ and ‘Gypsy’ (cue the requisite dream-casting)
There is one moment in William Osetek’s otherwise by-the-numbers production of Gypsy that gave me those rare theatrical chills. It’s during a crucial act two turning point when, moments before she’s to step onstage for her first strip, Louise (the ideally cast Andrea Prestinario) catches herself in the mirror. The lifelong tom boy and wallflower realizes… Read More Drury Lane’s by-the-numbers ‘Gypsy’ is missing a few layers
When I turned my phone on after seeing Strawdog’s The Conquest of the South Pole last night, a text popped through. It was a message from my dear friend Jamie, which simply read, “Arthur Laurents died!” I did a quick search, which wasn’t hard as many of my friends were twittering and facebooking links to… Read More Goodbye, Mr. Laurents.
Ah, Patti LuPone — always one with a colorful quote. To add to this list, here’s what the Broadway diva had to say in a recent Q&A about Streisand starring in an on-again/off-again movie adaptation of Gypsy, a show for which LuPone won the 2008 Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award: Any thoughts on… Read More Patti LuPone on Barbara Streisand in ‘Gypsy’
Yesterday, Broadway diva Patti LuPone was honored by The Drama League for, basically, being Patti LuPone. Fancy Broadway types, socialites (and the lovely SarahB, who volunteered at the event and blogged about it here) came together to honor the bawdy belter. New York magazine recently asked some of the attendees to share their favorite “meeting… Read More Patti LuPone will get you sh*tfaced
North Shore Music Theatre is back. After going bankrupt in 2009, the Beverly, Mass.-based venue has reopened under new management with my personal favorite musical, Gypsy. Starring Vicki Lewis as Madame Rose, the production looks great from the photos. In fact — I think I recognize those costumes from the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy,… Read More North Shore Music Theatre opens with ‘Gypsy’
Blah, blah, blah Tony Awards noms announced today; Million Dollar Quartet beats The Addams Family for Best Musical slot. But! I’ve something more exciting to talk about: the discovery of a new star. Ah, yes. Momma Rose. That role every musical theatre actress worth her salt yearns to perform some day. It’s the King Lear… Read More Scary good 16 year old kills ‘Rose’s Turn’
I don’t know who made this, but I want to hug them. And then slap them. And then hug them.
New York magazine has posted some fantastic photos from the final performance of Gypsy – pre-stage, backstage, onstage, post-stage. View here.
Yes, we’ve already covered this. However, some dear friends went to last night’s performance, and Patti stopped the show. Literally. To throw out a photo taker. During the show’s climax, Rose’s Turn. Talk about a diva who knows how to make a point! SarahB was there, and reported on it here. Let’s hope tonight’s performance… Read More So, tonight is the final performance of Gypsy
Over three years ago, just six days shy of my 26th birthday, Playbill.com announced that Patti LuPone would be starring in a weekend-long concert production of Gypsy, backed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, concluding the Ravina Festival’s 2006 summer season. This was mind-blowing news. LuPone was never supposed to play Rose. It wasn’t in her… Read More The end of an era.