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Staten Island's Harbor Lights Theater Company presents the all-time classic, 'Gypsy,' about "backstage mother" Mama Rose and her daughter Louise, who triumphantly emerges from Rose’s shadow to become a star.

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Described by The New York Times as America's greatest musical, this is the critically-acclaimed story of Gypsy Rose Lee, based on her 1957 memoir. In it, her aggressive stage mother Mama Rose pushes her two young daughters into the entertainment industry, with little success. The only offer for older daughter Louise is at a burlesque house, and she takes to it, transforming herself into the popular Gypsy Rose. As Louise gains notoriety, she grows tired of her mother's influence. Starring TONY nominee Sally Mayes, this Sondheim classic features all the standards and takes audiences through the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born.


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"Though the production gets off to a slow start, the show finds its footing in the middle of the first act...The creative team needs to work out a few mic and sound issues, including sets that become thunderous distractions as they're rolled offstage. But despite the kinks, the answer to Baby June's question 'May We Entertain You?' is yes, this 'Gypsy' sure can." Full Review

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Entertaining, Broadway's 2003 revival @ the shubert theater, Dir. by sam mendes w/ choreography by jerry mitchell, Bernadette peters as 'rose'

See it if It was Opening night on Broadway and I actually ran into composer Stephen Sondheim (& got him to sign my Playbill). Everyone was smiling!!

Don't see it if If U don't like backstage Showbiz stories about bossy Stage moms and kids that grow up to be strippers (Gypsy Rose Lee), then you're CRAZY!!

Funny, Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You have a pulse. This classic is so much fun, with the iconic role of Mama Rose, great Sondheim songs and original characters abound.

Don't see it if Really? Who doesn't want to see Gypsy, in any of its incarnations. There is no reason not to see this treasure of a show.

Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Raunchy

See it if One of the best musicals ever. Period. Character driven musical, sweeping songs. Sets, dancing. IT HAS IT ALL.

Don't see it if you should probably go see this. You will recognize all the songs. SO GOOD.

Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You love Bernstein and Sondheim and Imelda Stanton. This "Gypsy" provides a more communal feel--it isn't just a one woman show. Superb.

Don't see it if hate pushy, stage mothers and dysfunctional families. Happy endings. Conventional stories.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want an incredibly well-acted show with powerful, memorable songs and a heavy story line.

Don't see it if you want something more family-friendly or something more current.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like discussions about family, arts, or over-involved mothers.

Don't see it if You're not big on arts or fame

Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You've never seen Imelda Staunton play Mama Rose--find it NOW on PBS. She plays it to a whole new level. Gut-wrenching in her portrayal.

Don't see it if You think you're bored with yet another revival. This is different!

Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like the classics. The show has some memorable songs and voices.

Don't see it if I would definitely suggest a more mature audience- there's definitely some adult themes running throughout.

Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are interested in the (crazy) mother of all stage musicals. Impeccably performed.

Don't see it if You're only into new, experimental works. While this will still thrill you, it's a traditional Bway musical.

Entertaining, Classic, Great singing

See it if You can see it with an amazing person as Rose! The show is all about Rose!! What a classic!

Don't see it if You don't like the old-school musicals. It's a great show, but isn't as face-paced as the newer musicals.

Delightful, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you love a terrific musical score and great characters!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

Funny, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are looking for a great story and power ballads.

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

Funny, Great acting, Must see, Quirky, Resonant

See it if I you had an overbearing mother who pushed you to be the best, even if you were terrible, you will love and connect with Gypsy!

Don't see it if Don't see it if ou can't Handel kids on stage.

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful, Must see

See it if Want to see arguably the greatest musical ever

Don't see it if You are a pole dancer

Ambitious, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want to see great acting and great vocal talent. Entertaining storyline but better shows out there.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an overbearing, controlling mother.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love the classics

Don't see it if you are no fun

Funny, Must see, Great singing

See it if love musicals

Don't see it if hate musicals

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if like classic broadway

Don't see it if don't like classic broadway

Funny, Absorbing, Epic, Intense, Must see

See it if You truly love the theatre

Don't see it if You hate theatre

Epic, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you are a musical theatre junkie and need a change from the normal musical

Don't see it if you aren't into the musical theatre scene. it's a great musical but not one for those who are looking for familiarity in a show

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You have ever had a mother or if you want to see one of the greatest books ever written. Seriously has great music and a relatable story.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or you can't sit still and listen. If you love live music you'll love this!

Funny, Slow, Dated

See it if U like old musicals with a diva at the helm

Don't see it if U want something relevant to our lives

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Brought a random ticket to this show and absolutely loved it. The story is great! The acting, writing, singing, and staging were incredible!

Don't see it if If you get easily offended by nudity or hollywood-momagers.

Delightful, Must see, Quirky

See it if you like a great musical family drama!

Don't see it if no reason not to see it!

Funny, Original, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see real diva performance

Don't see it if You were a child star