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.
See it if You love Imelda Staunton. She's the best Mama Rose since Bernadette!
Don't see it if You're a musical purist. Certain interpretative liberties are taken with the melodies. Actors sacrifice notes for the performance's sake.
See it if You have a special place in your heart (as I do) for this musical. I'm usually on the edge of my seat by the 6th bar of the overture!
Don't see it if You aren't into musical classics. This play is clever and a bit raunchy, but not incredibly modern. Only go if you can appreciate it!