A musical fable

Shubert Theatre, (5/01/2003 - 5/30/2004)

First Preview: Mar 31, 2003
Opening Date: May 01, 2003
Closing Date: May 30, 2004
Total Previews: 33
Total Performances: 451

Category: Musical, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Various cities throughout the U.S. From the 1920s to the 1930s.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein and WWLC

Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee; Musical Director: Marvin Laird; Music orchestrated by Sid Ramin and Robert Ginzler; Dance arrangements by John Kander; Additional dance arrangements by Marvin Laird; Additional orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin

Directed by Sam Mendes; Choreographed by Jerome Robbins; Additional choreography by Jerry Mitchell; Associate Director: Peter Lawrence; Associate Choreographer: Jodi Moccia

Scenic Design by Anthony Ward; Costume Design by Anthony Ward; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Hair Design by David Brian Brown; Associate Scenic Design: Nancy Thun; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; U.K. Associate Costume Designer: Christine Rowland; U.S. Associate Costume Designer: Mitchell Bloom

General Manager: Nina Lannan & Associates; Company Manager: Ken Davenport; Associate Co. Mgr: Rachel M. Tischler

Production Supervisor: Arthur Siccardi

Musical Supervisor: Patrick Vaccariello; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Marvin Laird; Associate Conductor: Ethyl Will; Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation, Emily Grishman and Katharine Edmonds; Concert Master: Ann Labin; Violin: Maura Giannini and Dana Ianculovici; Viola: Richard Brice; Cello: Peter Prosser and Eileen Folson; Harp: Grace Paradise; Lead Trumpet: Christian Jaudes; Trumpet: Larry Lunetta and Hollis Burridge; Trombone: Bruce Eidem and Michael Seltzer; Bass Trombone: Morris Kainuma; French Horn: Roger Wendt; Reeds: Dennis Anderson, Mort Silver, Ralph Olsen, Charles Pillow and Ron Janelli; Drums: Cubby O'Brien; Bass: Bill Ellison; Piano: Ethyl Will; Percussion: Deane Prouty

Casting: Jim Carnahan; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Animal Trainer: William Berloni; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Dance Captain: Pamela Remler; Dialect Coach: Timothy Monich; Special Promotions: Margery Singer; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Marketing: Hugh Hysell Communications

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Opening Night Cast

Bernadette PetersRose
Tammy BlanchardLouise
John DossettHerbie
Brooks AshmanskasMr. Goldstone
Matt Bauer
Broadway debut
Farm Boy
Kate BuddekeMazeppa
David BurtkaTulsa
Benjamin Brooks Cohen
Broadway debut
Farm Boy
MacIntyre DixonWeber
Joey Dudding
Broadway debut
Farm Boy
Brandon EspinozaL.A.
Farm Boy
Tim Federle
Broadway debut
Farm Boy
Eamon Foley
Broadway debut
Jenna Gavigan
Broadway debut
Hollywood Blonde
Julie HalstonMiss Cratchitt
(Mar 31, 2003 - Jan 24, 2004)
Sarah Jayne JensenHollywood Blonde
Molly Grant Kallins
Broadway debut
Balloon Girl
Dontee KiehnHollywood Blonde
Ginifer King
Broadway debut
Hollywood Blonde
Gina LamparellaEnsemble
Heather LeeTessie Tura
Julie Martell
Broadway debut
Hollywood Blonde
Michael McCormickUncle Jocko
William ParryPop
Kate ReindersJune
Stephen Scott ScarpullaClarence (and his classic clarinet)
Chandra Lee Schwartz
Broadway debut
Heather Tepe
Broadway debut
Baby June
Addison Timlin
Broadway debut
Baby Louise
Cathy TrienRene
Jordan Viscomi
Broadway debut

Swings: Graham Bowen, Wally Dunn and Pamela Remler

Standby: Maureen Moore (Rose)

Understudies: Matt Bauer (Tulsa), MacIntyre Dixon (Mr. Goldstone, Pop, Uncle Jocko), Wally Dunn (Cigar, Kringelein, Mr. Goldstone, Pastey, Pop, Uncle Jocko), Tim Federle (Tulsa), Jenna Gavigan (June), Molly Grant Kallins (Baby Louise, Newsboy), Dontee Kiehn (Agnes), Ginifer King (Louise), Gina Lamparella (Electra, Mazeppa, Miss Cratchitt, Tessie Tura), Julie Martell (Louise), Michael McCormick (Herbie), William Parry (Herbie), Chandra Lee Schwartz (June), Alexandra Stevens (Baby June, Balloon Girl) and Cathy Trien (Electra, Mazeppa, Miss Cratchitt, Tessie Tura)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2003 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein and WWLC

 2003 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Bernadette Peters

 2003 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Dossett

 2003 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Tammy Blanchard

Drama Desk Award

 2003 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein and WWLC

 2003 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Bernadette Peters

 2003 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Dossett

Theatre World

winner 2003 Award [recipient] 

Tammy Blanchard


music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

ACT 1 Sung By
May We Entertain YouBaby June and Baby Louise
Some PeopleRose
Small WorldRose and Herbie
Baby June and Her NewsboysBaby June, Baby Louise and The Newsboys
Mr. Goldstone, I Love YouRose and Ensemble
Little LambLouise
You'll Never Get Away From MeRose and Herbie
Dainty June and Her FarmboysDainty June, Louise and Farmboys
If Momma Was MarriedLouise and June
All I Need Is the GirlTulsa and Louise
Everything's Coming Up RosesRose
ACT 2 Sung By
Madame Rose's ToreadorablesLouise and The Hollywood Blondes
Together, Wherever We GoRose, Louise and Herbie
You Gotta Get a GimmickTessie Tura, Mazeppa and Electra
Small World (Reprise) Rose
Let Me Entertain YouLouise and Company
Rose's TurnRose


AP: "Revival of 'Gypsy' Opens on Broadway"

Broadway musicals don't get much better than "Gypsy."

These days, the only questions are how can any revival negotiate the show’s superb score and emotion-packed story, not to mention cast the gargantuan leading role of Rose, the theater's ultimate stage mother.

Very well, indeed, judging from the latest production, which opened Thursday at the Shubert Theatre. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring a surprising Bernadette Peters, it reconfirms the musical’s classic status and its appeal as good, old-fashioned entertainment.

From the first four notes of the overture -which lyrically spell out the theme of the show ('I had a dream") - to the evening's blazing finale of "Rose's Turn," "Gypsy" never lets up. And neither does Mendes' production.

"Gypsy" is very much about drive - and that rhythmic energy is present in Jule Styne's pulsating music, Stephen Sondheim's punchy, rat-tat-tat lyrics and Arthur Laurents' tough, muscular book that strikes the right balance between high drama and low comedy.

At the center of this creation is Rose, the obsessive mother of two little girls she is determined to push into the slowly dying world of vaudeville. Rose's dreams propel the evening, no matter if they end up nearly destroying herself and those around her.

To play this considerable creature, you need a performer capable of taking center stage and holding it against all odds. Peters is a theater star, but not one you would automatically associate with Rose. Several of her Broadway predecessors. such as Ethel Merman and Tyne Daly, barreled their way through the role on a wave of lung power and a blast of brass.

Peters, sporting a modest, marcel hairdo, bee-stung lips and clingy dresses, is equally determined but in a quiet, more subtle way. Her Rose is slyly sexual, especially when it will get her what she wants. And her relationship with Herbie, the goodhearted candy salesman turned agent, suggests genuine heat.

The actress pushes a bit in the show's more dramatic scenes, but she knows how to sing the score. Her voice doesn't have the iron-lunged quality of a Merman, but it can more than handle the musical roars of defiance - "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Rose's Turn" - that end each of the show's two acts.

Just as important, Peters knows how to use the musical's silences. Watch her at two crucial points in the show: first, as she reads a letter from daughter June, announcing she has run out on their faltering vaudeville act; second, when Rose realizes she has a chance to push her gawky daughter, Louise, into a star spot, even though it is in a second-rate burlesque house in Kansas. There's a steely quality here that Peters gets with icy accuracy, a single-mindedness that really defines who Rose is.

But "Gypsy" is also about another formidable, if late-blooming, woman: Louise, the young girl who will grow up to become stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. And Tammy Blanchard pulls off the transformation - from insecure daughter to confidant burlesque star - with ease.

Mendes has been particularly savvy in his casting. John Dossett is a most generous, low-key Herbie, a terrific foil for Peters' insistent seductiveness. And there is fine support from Kate Reinders as the older June, Addison Timlin as Baby Louise and, particularly, a hilarious Heather Tepe as Baby June, the most terrifying child star ever to play vaudeville.

Jerry Mitchell has had the difficult task of supplying new dances for much of show. although some of Jerome Robbins' original choreography has been retained, particularly in "All I Need Is the Girl," danced with grace by David Burtka.

And, of course, there's "You Gotta Get a Gimmick," a raucous number for three over-the-hill strippers that epitomizes what a Broadway show-stopper is all about. After Heather Lee, Kate Buddeke and Julie Halston are finished with the song, the place is pretty much up for grabs.

Yet, "Gypsy" is about more than Rose and her daughters. Mendes underlines another important theme of the musical - a nostalgia for a show-biz world that has long disappeared, a world of vaudeville, seedy burlesque houses, intrepid performers and dilapidated hotel rooms where the actors stayed.

His production embraces all things theatrical. You can see stagehands changing sets, moving props, rolling up backdrops and more. There is the deliberate attempt to make you aware that you are in a theater, experiencing something that could only happen on stage. Mendes, along with his star and the rest of the cast, make that experience quite a celebration.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Shubert Theatre

(5/1/2003 - 5/30/2004)


Benjamin Brooks Cohen
Maureen Moore
during Bernadette Peters' vacation
Rose (Sep 29, 2003 - Oct 4, 2003)
Lyn Philistine
Gayton Scott
Miss Cratchitt (Jan 26, 2004 - ?)
Bridget Walders
Hollywood Blonde

Swings: Brooke Engen.

Understudies: Lyn Philistine (Electra, Mazeppa, Miss Cratchitt, Tessie Tura).

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