“May we entertain you? May we see you smile? I will do some kicks. I will do some tricks. I’ll tell you a story. I’ll dance when she’s done. By the time we’re through entertaining you,
you’ll have a barrel of fun!”
Many would argue it is one of the greatest American musicals ever written. Gypsy, adapted from a book by Arthur Laurents, is a profound and very human comedy-drama based on a true story.
The score produced a phenomenal collection of well known Broadway hits such as Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Let Me Entertain You, Rose’s Turn and Some People. It has been incarnated five times on Broadway and twice in film. The 1993 made for TV movie version featured Bette Midler who played the role of Mama Rose, and went on to win the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.
Gypsy tells the story of burlesque artist Louise Hovick. It begins in the 1920’s when Mama Rose – the mother of all stage mothers – starts on a journey to turn her two young daughters, June and Louise, into stars. From Vaudeville to L.A., fame for her daughters is Rose’s only goal. Time passes and the troupe head for New York.
Time are hard due to the depression, and with one thing leading to another they find themselves on the road again. Eventually June marries and runs off with her new husband, deserting her mother and sister and the show business life. Mama Rose, who has always banked on the talent of June, is suddenly left with only Louise to further her ambitions. Louise knows she lacks the talent her sister had and, persuaded by her mother, takes up burlesque dancing. Finally Louise finds stardom as the “Queen of Strip”, and takes the stage name Gypsy Rose Lee.
Gypsy is a captivating tale of an overbearing stage mother which is compelling and real. The show brims with desperation and spins a very fascinating story about the hazards of pushing children too far or too hard. It packs an emotional punch while remaining sincere and humourous.
Director, Rick Smith (The Drowsy Chaperone) has assembled a phenomenal cast of local talent including Sarah Abbott-Carter as Gypsy Rose Lee, Kathleen Watkins as Dainty June and the incredibly talented Angela Southern as Mama Rose. Don’t miss this spectacular production which runs March 28th through April 5th at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are available to purchase online at http://www.palacetheatre.ca or by calling the box office at 519-432-1029.