Already closed | 2h 25m | Staten Island


From 98 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Great singing

About the show

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. More…

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.

2h 25m | Already closed | St. George Theatre (Staten Island)

Member Reviews (98)


Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Great singing
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Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see great dancing. This play is about dancing.

Don't see it if I don't find many reasons to not go and see it.

Also An Old School Broadway play. It's been running for a long time. The co... Read more Read less

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

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!!

Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny, Must see, 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.

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

See it if you enjoy the traditional style of musical with great music and dancing

Don't see it if I can't think of why someone wouldn't want to see this show

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Like classic shows with strong female leads. Great belting vocals.

Don't see it if You are looking for new and innovate theater. You don’t like big “11 o’clock” numbers.

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

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.

Exquisite, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

Must see, Masterful, Absorbing, Funny, Delightful

See it if Want to see arguably the greatest musical ever

Don't see it if You are a pole dancer

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Entertaining, Refreshing

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!

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

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

Dated, Entertaining, Ambitious

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.

Great singing, Entertaining, Classic

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.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Delightful

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

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

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.

Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

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

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Great writing, Great acting

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.

Intense, Intelligent

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.

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

See it if like classic broadway

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

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, Entertaining, Great singing, Original, Riveting

See it if You want to see real diva performance

Don't see it if You were a child star

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

See it if you love the classics

Don't see it if you are no fun

Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You've always loved classic Broadway

Don't see it if You don't appreciate big vocals.

Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if love musicals

Don't see it if hate musicals

Absorbing, Funny, Epic, Intense, Must see

See it if You truly love the theatre

Don't see it if You hate theatre

August 11th, 2015
"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 Jun...
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